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Marijuana: Poll Says Majority of Missourians Favor Legalizing Pot, Regulating Like Alcohol

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Legal in Missouri by 2016?
When advocates of marijuana legalization in Missouri successfully get a measure on the ballot to end pot prohibition -- voters of the state will support it.

So says new polling data released by advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, which says that the legalization of pot could pass as early as 2014 in Missouri, with even better odds in 2016.

"This is going to happen within the next presidential election cycle, not just in Missouri, but nationwide," John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, tells Daily RFT. "That's going to put tremendous pressure on the federal government."

What percentage of Missourians support regulation?

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The polling data, which Show-Me Cannabis released yesterday, says that a majority of Missouri residents support legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. Last election, Colorado and Washington successfully passed similar measures and are currently in the process of implementing legalized, recreational pot.

The poll -- conducted by DHM Research and commissioned by the National Cannabis Coalition on behalf of Show-Me Cannabis -- found that 50 percent of respondents support legalization, 45 percent oppose it and five percent are undecided.

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After the initial question, the 500 likely 2014 Missouri voters that participated in the polling were given more details about the legalization proposal here and presented with pro and con statements -- which apparently increased support to 54 percent.

Show-Me Cannabis points out that these results are consistent with other recent polls on the subject, with Gallup, for example, finding that just over 50 percent of Americans support legalizing pot -- and 54 percent backing the concept in the midwest.

"This is something that is supported by a majority of Missourians and is something that we can pass in the fairly near future," Payne says.

Continue for more details on the polling and a potential Missouri legalization campaign.



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Humankind_Forever
Humankind_Forever

Glad Meredith is in the minority, she want's to throw us back in the 20's and without gun control, can you imagine the death and destruction the new Al Capone gangs will cause.  Just the idea of going back to full prohibition is insanity.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

I think there are way too many right wing politicians in Missouri for that to happen.

Matt Dresner
Matt Dresner

Then we have to bring up the subject of drug testing. Hopefully it will go away except for criminal cases.

Trish R Bertrand
Trish R Bertrand

Melissa, no one is saying that we should make cannabis ( the word marijuana has some pretty racist ties to it, so I don't care to use it much) "normal" or something to be promoted. We should always be honest to our children, and the problem we see now is reefer madness has been debunked, and kids are seeing that it isn't nearly as harmful as many people would like us to believe. That's not saying that it is harmless, or that kids should have access. Now, teenage use is nearing all time highs. I have two teenagers, and I don't want them to use, but I also understand that the market prohibition has created makes them a target for drug dealers. This market has existed for 40 years (Nixon's declaration on the war of drugs) and it preys on our kids. It is no different than what Joe Camel did for cigeratttes. Isn't it time to try something new? We know the tobacco model works (honest education with strict ID policies) and has lead to kids making the right choices (not smoking cigs) and we really need to do that with cannabis.

Jeff Kaufman
Jeff Kaufman

PS. Shut up Melissa! Youve obviously never tried it! I guess you think alchohol is ok?

Jeff Kaufman
Jeff Kaufman

How bout now! Not in 2016! Criminalization of pot is ridiculous!

Philip Nachbar
Philip Nachbar

The idiots on here that are for it just let the goverment know who is guilty dumbass

Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin

all this from a state that brought us Aiken? puhleeeze!

womengonewild
womengonewild

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JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Ask yourselves this question. What crime is a person using cannabis, guilty of? What negative affect does this do to society at large?

Bill Taden
Bill Taden

This needs to be done now, not in a year or 3 yrs.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

The myriad of uses for forth hemp/cannabis is the only reason it's illegal. Lobbying efforts by the likes of the Duponts, Anslingers of yesteryear are the only reason, it then gave so much $ to police dep'ts, states, and gov't via asset forfeiture that they're having a real hard time giving up that cash cow....

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Dear Matt, people shouldnt be getting locked up for herb period. Just as they shouldnt be for alchohol. Your argument is ridiculous.

Amy Horton-Lamb
Amy Horton-Lamb

Why cigarettes are legal and marijuana is not is beyond all rational thinking...

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Prescription drugs kills thousands of times over (annually) the amount of folks that have ever expired from cannabis, well except Shifty, dude had a bail fall on his head, broke his neck-joke.

Matt Rygelski
Matt Rygelski

Sure. Lets legalize pot and try alcohol prohibition again. Giving people what they want isn't necessarily a good thing. Remember cigarettes anybody? Once you make it legal, it's kind of hard to take it away later once you see the negative consequences it'll do to society. Ever wonder if politicians are just pacifying us for advancing their political career with no concern on the society they leave behind?

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Marijuana prohibition costs a lot of money, wastes police time, clogs the courts and probation and parole offices...

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

My probation officer told me miserians are not that mainstream and up to date...It will take awhile as did slavery here in misery meanwhile we can move 2 states away and smoke up and go skiing See you in colorado... goodbye misery you lame depressing bunch of twats

William Losch
William Losch

END PROHIBITION NOW. America is too mature (or so i thought) for it

Trish R Bertrand
Trish R Bertrand

Meredith, it's 2013. No one believes reefer madness anymore. Start with researching the Endocannabinoid system.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

@Meredith, I think you just lost brain cells typing that misinformation. Marijuana doesn't kill brain cells. And if you still believe that, you are highly uninformed. Alcohol doesn't kill brain cells either. I've done my research, even though I don't drink. You should probably do the same and become informed on the matter you think you know so much about.

Terry Zoll
Terry Zoll

I sure hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets take our tax money and use it on other things than people locked up for stupid shit.

Meredith Gulley
Meredith Gulley

I say make it all illegal! They both kill brain cells! And some people can not handle the affect of marijuana and not to mention they look stupid after they smoked it! I say make cigs illegal too! Why put something on the market if it harms you? They recall bad food products when they find something wrong with it and the possibility of making someone sick, so why should drugs, alcohol or cigs be any different?

Trish R Bertrand
Trish R Bertrand

November 2016, because the young people come out in droves to vote on presidential tickets.

Devin BobaFett Butler
Devin BobaFett Butler

Lol right it's here right now lets legalize it now it shouldn't be illegal in the first place! educate don't discriminate!

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

I'll already have moved to a better economically structured state, one that's already legalized, by then. :) So sorry Misery, catch up or get used to all the great people you're about to lose.

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