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Legal marijuana or not? A $166,000 question

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Federal agents in Kansas are trying to seize $166,000 in cash that came from legal medical marijuana sales in Kansas City — a confusing legal gray area. Plus, friends and colleagues remember former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, who died this week, as a politician worth emulating.

In May, a sheriff’s deputy in central Kansas seized $166,000 from a van transporting the cash from Kansas City medical marijuana dispensaries to a bank in Colorado. Now, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas is seeking the forfeiture of that money, arguing that the sales violated the federal Controlled Substances Act — even though medical marijuana is legal in Missouri. KCUR’s Dan Margolies explains why this case has so many legal experts scratching their heads.

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore passed away Tuesday, just days before his 76th birthday, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and a brief bout with cancer. Moore represented the 3rd Congressional District from 1998-2010. As KCUR’s Laura Ziegler reports, Moore will be remembered as a lawmaker who cherished constituent service and civility.

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