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New Missouri state representative advocates legalizing marijuana

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - There was a meeting Saturday in downtown St. Louis to support efforts to legalize marijuana in Missouri.

Show-Me Cannabis hosted the Fall Cannabis Reform Conference Saturday where members of the panel talked about changing the ways marijuana is regulated and controlled in the state.

Rep. Elect Shamed Dogan said, "I think the fact it is a state verses federal thing, that's another argument to use with people. I mean, why should I care that the federal government's made it completely illegal, right? Like, why shouldn't states be able to experiment and have different policies?"

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, including Illinois. During the November 4th election, voters in Washington D.C., Oregon, and Alaska  approved the use of recreational marijuana, joining Washington state and Colorado.