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Missouri ponders medical marijuana — and the money to be made selling it

Legalizing medical marijuana sits at the crossroads of compassion and commerce — those suffering from chronic illnesses could escape the black market, while a potentially lucrative new legal market would spring to life. But in Missouri, it comes with a catch. Proposed legislation would allow only 30 licenses in the entire state to sell marijuana. That means restricted access for those seeking relief. But it also would fatten the bottom line for those few that land a license.


How much did your area members of Congress pay to run their offices?

Missouri's Fourth District congresswoman, Vicky Hartzler of Harrisonville, ran the second-most expensive office in 2014 of the eight Missouri members. She came in at $1,222,961, trailing only St. Louis Congressman Lacy Clay, who spent $1,260,832. Fifth District congressman Emanuel Cleaver ranked sixth and Sixth District congressman Sam Graves ranked eighth.

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Missouri House endorses statewide rules for Uber, Lyft

The Missouri House gave its initial approval Wednesday night to a bill that would limit the ability of cities to regulate ride-hailing companies by creating statewide standards. The vote comes just weeks after Kansas City approved new rules applying to both traditional taxis and new technology companies such as Uber and Lyft that use smartphone apps to link passengers with drivers using their own vehicles.

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Missouri House passes cap on lobbyist gifts and cooling-off period

The Missouri House signed off on ethics legislation that would cap lobbyist gifts at $25 apiece and ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for at least one year after leaving office. Those two provisions differ from the version passed by the Missouri Senate earlier this year, meaning differences would have to be worked out before it could be sent to the governor.

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