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Missourians will soon decide whether to legalize marijuana. Is the ballot measure equitable?

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If Missouri legalizes recreational marijuana in November, it will become the 20th state in the country to take that step.

Recreational marijuana legalization is a popular policy among Democrats, but the Missouri Democratic Party has declined to endorse the Legal Missouri 2022 ballot initiative.

Missouri State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove of Kansas City is in favor of the legalizing recreational marijuana — but she strongly opposes the legalization measure on Missouri's ballot next month.

She says too many aspects of the ballot measure are inequitable, including how licenses are granted and how criminal record expungement would be handled.

Manlove joined KCUR's Up To Date to discuss why she believes the plan is not right for Missouri and lay out how she would prefer Missouri to handle legalization.

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