"Wanna Get High?" Asks Mayor Slay in Poll About Marijuana Legalization

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Slay wants to hear your thoughts on pot.
The mayor's office wants to know what St. Louisans think about legalizing marijuana, so it put out a poll. The results aren't surprising: People want it legalized.

The ten-question poll asks respondents about their views on legalization, the effect on crime and how marijuana should be regulated if it were to be legalized. After taking the poll, the results from all participants are shown. Here were the results at the time of writing (we'll update if things change):

Do you favor or oppose the complete legalization of marijuana for any purpose by adults?

93 percent favor it.

4 percent oppose it.

3 percent didn't care either way (too high to care, obviously).

The poll broke it down by gender, and the ladies were slightly more likely to oppose it, with 6 percent against legalization as opposed to 4 percent of guys. But 4 percent of women compared to 2 percent of men "didn't care either way," suggesting to this blogger that a few more women than men were just too stoned to give a simple answer to a simple question.

The poll also asked: If the sale and possession of marijuana by adults were made legal, do you think it would make the state's economy better, make the economy worse, or have no real effect on the economy?

About 91 percent of respondents said it would have a positive impact. Seven percent said it would have no effect, and 2 percent said it would have a negative impact, suggesting that 2 percent of respondents are pot dealers whose bottom line would be hurt if Schnucks started selling marijuana next to Marlboros.

See also: St. Louisan Owns Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado and Hopes Missouri Legalizes, Too

How marijuana should be regulated was also asked, albeit in very vague terms. The mayor's poll asked: "Should the regulations on marijuana be more strict than those for alcohol, the same as those for alcohol, or less strict as those for alcohol?"

To really ask this question, one needs to know how much weed would be allowed and whether that amount is compared to how much alcohol we're allowed to buy or possess. Considering that it's legal -- and not uncommon-- for an individual to buy a few kegs, have a stocked home bar, or build a wine cellar in one's basement, the equivalent of those legal rights in respect to marijuana would take a lot of consideration and probably deliberation. That being said, here is how St. Louisans responded to the question as asked:

60 percent said marijuana should be regulated the same way as alcohol and 7 percent said it should be stricter.

However, 33 percent said marijuana should be less regulated than alcohol.

"Say what?" said every brewery in St. Louis.

See also: Missouri Legislators Who Want to Legalize Or Decriminalize Marijuana

The most telling answer was to the question about whether people should be incarcerated for having marijuana if it's not legalized in Missouri. Ninety-nine percent of respondents said no.

Only 1 percent of respondents said people should be imprisoned for pot.

What the hell is wrong with the 1 percent?

Here's a link to the poll. Let us know how you responded.

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69 comments
Christine Marie White
Christine Marie White

I have a 18 teen year old that has sicer and if she smoke she don't have them as bad.so please make it easier for her by making it legal

Amanda Creech
Amanda Creech

I saw this and it made complete sense to me. "Anytime you support the prohibition of anything, you are supporting organized crime."

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Legalization is working other places...we should study those places, their policies, and tailor it to work in St. Louis sooner than later. We should get in on the initial money now before other places perfect the marketing and leave us behind. I see current pot laws as the new prohibition. The people have spoken loud and clear...they are going to do it whether it is legal or not. This should also be retroactive. Let the pot dealers and pot smokers OUT OF JAIL NOW. Save the tax payers some money. They are still selling it inside the prisons so....kick them out of there and make them work for a living.

synthyte
synthyte

Unless we see some kind of public comment or (unlikely) some actual action on Slay's part, I think we can assume the only actual purpose this poll serves is to make Slay look relevant and progressive to his constituents.


I take that back. It also gave the news organizations a nice bit of "reporting" to do during such a slow period of local news.

Bill Roth
Bill Roth

Do not go in the city. Your car will die and you may also

Kelly Kallaher
Kelly Kallaher

Who cares? Why are there potholes every 10 feet on Kingshighway southbound between Lindell and 40/64? They're destroying my car. Maybe he should focus on public works for city residents.

Ami Gutknecht
Ami Gutknecht

Make it legal spend the money where stl needs it

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Perfectly OK to let the drunks have the guns, though? SMH

Joseph Gardner
Joseph Gardner

Supply and demand. Just like new technology that has extremely high pricing, once the market is saturated the price will go down. The supply will be high and the market will start to compete. There will always be somewhat of a black market but it will be much less and safer. Tax income on pot will be substantial. Court and prison cost will drop dynamically. The country will be a better place when marijuana is legal.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

"free"? Have you ever seen a pot growing system? In order to get /good/ pot (not just any-ole low-quality dirt weed) you have to do more than stick it in dirt. Supplies cost money. Hundreds of dollars even for 3 or 4 plants. Organic fertilizers and all that stuff costs money, too. Weed or veggies grown at home are far from "free".

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

People brew their own beer all the time. Growing pot shouldn't be treated any differently. If it's under a certain amount, it's fine. Once it's so much that you are distributing it and selling it, you have to get a license.

Jeffrey Houska
Jeffrey Houska

yeah but vegetables wont cost you a ton of money to buy at the store. Legal pot in Colorado is expensive, even reported at $600 an ounce. So why would someone spend that much on something they can grow for free.

Patrick Shaw
Patrick Shaw

Is there a black market for tobacco and alcohol?

Jeffrey Houska
Jeffrey Houska

Cindy is doubtful that legalization will even dent the black market, unless it's not taxed very high and legal pot prices can be competitive with the black market.

cannabis
cannabis

should have been legalized 40 years ago... what the heck is the hold up??

Cindy Sacks
Cindy Sacks

Legalization will mostly eliminate the black market.

Kevin McBryan
Kevin McBryan

I hear it is either pot or guns...can't have both.

Kevin McBryan
Kevin McBryan

Have you ever regretted drinking? have you ever regretted smoking a doobie?

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

People drive on prescriptions all the time. And if in a wreck they are sometimes tox screened.

Genia Way
Genia Way

All broke states are looking at CO's millions made in one day. Right. Inhibit one's brain for money.

Gene Allen
Gene Allen

I don't "wanna get high" but don't care if others do. Stop draining resources to catch Jimmy with a joint and put him in jail.

Antonio E Mann
Antonio E Mann

No blood test they have a mouth swab looks like ear swabs no biggie just keep your ass home and smoke just like all the dumb drink drivers should get wasted at home and not chance killing people

Karl Richards
Karl Richards

Legalize it. Too many people are getting jailed and fined for a plant that does a lot less harm than alcohol...and alcohol is legal.

John Shetterly
John Shetterly

So when you get pulled over for driving while high DWH you'll have to take a blood test?????!???

Paul S Owensby
Paul S Owensby

Bill, you're fucked up! What an Authoritarian!!!

Christopher Miguel Angel-Evil Harrison
Christopher Miguel Angel-Evil Harrison

Step one: Decriminalize and restrict access and use like alcohol. Step two: Tax like tobacco Step three: Fix pot holes in roads with pot tax money.

Bill Roth
Bill Roth

Give them pot -------and---------take their guns away

Stacey Millican
Stacey Millican

I wouldn't mind the legalization except for now they are going for blood testing drivers. which is messed up because it stays in your system for at least a month. not sure how they can pinpoint if the people are high now or if they were high a few days ago.

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

hahahhahaha, i quess there will be an influx of fat food enterprises if this goes legal. lmfao

James Wright
James Wright

Vegetables are easy to grow, but people still go to the store for that. Silly argument.....

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13


from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%...marijuana is revolutionizing the planet...again


only 20 years behind us Missouri, sad and scary.....cali runs this country by almost 2 decades, that is insane


AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

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