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February 5, 2014

Proposal to legalize pot filed in Missouri

You knew it was coming. And you could’ve guessed that when it finally came, the proposal would be made by a lawmaker from Columbia, Missouri’s big college town. Shocker: He’s a Democrat.

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You knew it was coming.

And you could’ve guessed that when it finally came, the proposal would be made by a lawmaker from Columbia, Missouri’s big college town.

Shocker: He’s a Democrat.

State Rep. Chris Kelly last week

filed a legalized pot bill

that would establish a 25 percent tax on marijuana and set up a system for licensing growers and retailers.

Rudi Keller at the Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Kelly became convinced pot should be legal while serving as an associate circuit judge.

“There is no good evidence to show marijuana is any more dangerous than alcohol or other substances,” Kelly said. “We waste too much money and too many lives because of” marijuana prohibition.

Kelly calls his bill a starting point for conversation. Chances of passage this year? Zippo.

But here comes the debate.

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