University of Missouri students to rally for pot

COLUMBIA, MO (AP) - Marijuana users at the University of Missouri plan a rally Thursday to build support for pot smoking as an alternative to underage alcohol use and binge drinking.

A group called Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation organized rallies last week at more than 80 colleges and universities in 34 states. Proponents on the Columbia campus moved their event to this week because of spring break.

SAFER is asking campus presidents to endorse what it calls an "informed and dispassionate public debate" on recreational pot use.

The group's Emerald Initiative is a play on the Amethyst Initiative signed last year by more than 130 college presidents. That movement suggests consideration of lowering the legal drinking age.

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