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      Mo. lawmakers weigh new push on marijuana reforms

      Missouri legislators who favor relaxing the state's marijuana laws are weighing a renewed push for reforms.

      Missouri legislators who favor relaxing the state's marijuana laws are weighing a renewed push for reforms.

      House Democrats Chris Kelly, of Columbia, and Rory Ellinger, of University City, were among the speakers Thursday at a Columbia forum on marijuana policy.

      Kelly and Ellinger backed legislation this year that would have made possession of small amounts of marijuana a low-level misdemeanor with no jail time, similar to a traffic ticket. Columbia and St. Louis already have such laws.

      The Columbia Missourian reports (http://bit.ly/1ew5jjx ) Kelly says he would favor pursuing full legalization of marijuana only if there were enough organizational support from pro-legalization groups.

      Kelly's also uncertain whether it would be wiser to seek legislative approval of lower penalties for marijuana possession or to put any proposed reforms on a statewide ballot.