Republican lawmaker pushes to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri

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Missouri’s 101st general assembly starts Wednesday, and one Republican lawmaker said he has filed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the Show Me State.Shamed Dogan represents Ballwin, Missouri, which is outside of St. Louis. He said he wants Missouri to become the 17th state to legalize marijuana.“We spend more time and more law enforcement resources going after marijuana smokers than all the other drugs combined,” Dogan said when introducing the bill. “Ten percent of the arrests in the state of Missouri right now are from marijuana possession.“I think alcohol prohibition taught us that trying to prohibit something this way, the way we’ve gone about marijuana prohibition, it backfires.”Dogan said his plan would also clear the records of people with previous nonviolent marijuana-related…

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