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A group of Missouri lawmakers on Thursday asked Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, to include marijuana legalization in the upcoming special session as an alternative to a Nov. 8 recreational marijuana ballot measure.

The request illustrates the divide among legalization advocates and lawmakers over how Missouri should legalize marijuana. Some advocates argue that it should be legalized through the Legislature because the upcoming ballot measure would create a monopoly in the marijuana industry that favors established medical marijuana companies. They also point to the fact that the question would add civil penalties for public marijuana consumption to the constitution.

The group of lawmakers and legalization advocates have formed a new campaign to persuade Missourians to vote against the ballot question.

The group specifically asked Parson to call on lawmakers to pass a bill introduced last session that would have legalized recreational marijuana under a more free market system. Lawmakers are expected to hold a special session to pass a sweeping income tax cut and tax credits for farmers on Sept. 14.

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