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In an audio-only edition of Views of the News, Mike McKean, Esther Thorson, and Rod Gelatt bring you our weekly media criticism from the Missouri School of Journalism. 

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On Saturday, the MU Chapters of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana laws - also known as NORML - and Students for Sensible Drug Policy hosted the Spring 2014 Missouri Cannabis Conference. Topics ranged from medicinal marijuana to the legalization of industrial hemp production.

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The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.

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The Missouri House has endorsed legislation allowing use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other treatments.

  Four Missouri student athletes are suspended after getting arrested over the weekend. Freshman basketball players Wes Clark and Shane Rector, and football players Aarion Penton and Shaun Rupert were arrested late Saturday night on suspicion of possession 35 grams or less of marijuana.

It’s been a big couple of years for marijuana legalization efforts around the country, with states like Colorado and Washington legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.

Here in Missouri, Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) introduced a bill in January that, if passed, would create a legal framework to grow and possess marijuana in Missouri.

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Missouri lawmakers are considering an overhaul of the state's criminal laws this year that would include the creation of new felony and misdemeanor classes.

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on businesses in mid Missouri that allegedly sold synthetic marijuana.

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A Missouri House member has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Democrat Jeremy LaFaver, of Kansas City, entered the pleas during a brief court hearing Friday in Boone County. He was fined $200 plus court costs on each charge and paid the penalties before leaving the courthouse.

The 33-year-old lawmaker says he made a mistake and is glad the incident is behind him.

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A Missouri House member charged in August with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia says he doesn't plan to contest the allegations.

Democrat Jeremy LaFaver, of Kansas City, told the Columbia Daily Tribune in a statement Wednesday he publicly admitted his guilt when he was arrested. He's scheduled to appear before a Boone County judge on Friday.

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  State Representative Jeremy LaFaver was arrested Sunday in Boone County for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Newscast for October 29, 2012

Oct 29, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Senator Claire McCaskill's mother passes away
  • MU School of Professional Health Dean to step down at end of academic year
  • Some students question university police marijuana arrest policy
  • Ameren Missouri and Illinois send crew members to East Coast
  • Wrongful death lawsuit filed involving Bustamante case
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The arrests of three Missouri football players accused of smoking marijuana on campus has some students questioning how the school handles what is a fairly routine university infraction.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • 25 percent voter turnout expected for Mo. primaries
  • Missouri's elite athletes compete in London Olympics
  • Springfield OKs marijuana ballot
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Springfield officials have certified the signatures on a petition that seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city.

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Supporters of a petition to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Springfield are running out of time to collect enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.

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Activists have submitted a petition that seeks to decriminalize marijuana in Springfield.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that petitions with more than 2,500 signatures were submitted Friday to the Springfield city clerk.

Assistant City Clerk Anita Cotter says about 2,100 valid signatures are needed to move the petition forward to City Council, which could pass the petition or submit it to a vote.

Show-Me Cannabis Regulation board member Maranda Reynolds says the group continues collecting signatures in case some of the ones it submitted aren't useable.

A group that advocates relaxing marijuana laws is considering broadening its campaign to Kansas City and Springfield.