Mar 252013
 March 25, 2013

show me cannabis regulation missouri smcr pollingScientific Poll Is Consistent With Other Surveys

SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI – 03/25/2013 – On Monday, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation released polling data showing that a majority of Missourians support legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana like alcohol. The poll, conducted by DHM Research, surveyed 500 likely 2014 Missouri voters. Participants were asked if they would support a ballot measure nearly identical to the one that Show-Me Cannabis Regulation attempted to place on the ballot in 2012.

50 percent of respondents supported such a measure, 45 percent opposed it, and five percent were undecided. After the initial test, participants heard more details about the proposal and were presented with an equal number of statements of support and opposition. This process increased support for the proposal to 54 percent.

These results are consistent with many other recent polls on the subject. In October 2011, Gallup found that just over 50 percent of Americans supported legalizing marijuana, with 54 percent support for the idea in the Midwest. A May 2012 poll by Rasmussen Reports showed 56 percent of voters nationwide in favor of legalizing and regulating marijuana. Finally, a Public Policy Polling survey from December 2012 — a month after voters in Colorado and Washington approved legalization ballot initiatives — found 58 percent of Americans think marijuana should be made legal. These polls indicate a strong and rapidly growing level of support for legalization.

“This poll confirms that support for legalizing and regulating cannabis like alcohol continues to grow, and that is just as true in Missouri as it has been in Colorado,” said John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation. “As people learn more about the issue, they are more likely to see that prohibition has failed and that we need a new approach. With two states showing the world that a legal, sensibly regulated market in cannabis works, I expect that this trend will not only continue but accelerate.”

Because it was designed to reflect the opinions of likely 2014 voters, this poll likely understates support for legalization among Missouri voters. “What we are discovering from analysis of polling from around the country is that when voters are drawn from a broader group, such as likely 2016 voters, the level of popular support for legalizing and regulating cannabis jumps by between 5 to 10 percent,” said National Cannabis Coalition Director of Research and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation board member Abhi Sivasailam. “Presidential elections dramatically increase voter turnout, especially among younger voters, who overwhelmingly support reform.”

The rising support for cannabis law reform is reflected in an unprecedented level of legislative activity, throughout the nation and here in the Missouri General Assembly. A larger number of Missouri reform bills are presently pending than ever before. House Bill 512 would reduce penalties for possession; House Bill 511 would allow for expungment of misdemeanor cannabis convictions; and House Bill 688 would allow voters to legalize medical use with a doctor’s approval. Senate Bill 358 would allow Missouri farmers to again grow a hemp, a very low potency form of cannabis. The hemp bill is set for a hearing in the Senate on Tuesday.

The poll was conducted in September 2012 and was commissioned by the National Cannabis Coalition. It has a margin of error of 4.4 percent. More results from this survey can be found at show-mecannabis.com/polling

Show-Me Cannabis Regulation is an association of organizations and individuals, who believe that cannabis prohibition is a failed policy, and regulating and taxing cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol would better control the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis than the current criminal market system does. The group seeks to engage Missourians in a serious, public discussion about the issues associated with marijuana consumption, including medical cannabis, industrial hemp, public safety and financial analysis in order to address problems associated with the current, failed policy.

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  • designwise1

    it’s finally happening and I’m still shocked and jubilant. the laws have made no sense and I’ve been disgusted with the American people for tolerating these unjust draconian policies. way to go, America! Seize your freedom!

    • napkin

      thanks for the support. if im not out of line, may i ask where you’re from?

  • http://www.facebook.com/neil.minor Neil Minor

    yall didnt ask me it has my vote

  • http://www.facebook.com/leeroy.johnson.391 Leeroy Johnson

    please legalize it free the leaf pot head 4 life

  • Missourires420

    It will be a great day when Missouri citizens finally get their voice heard. Missouri has come a long way and I can only hope that the these bills pass.

  • John Fennell

    im fully disabled from my back and right hand both injuries from work accidents I refuse to take pain meds because of the addictions and side effects .I smoke cannabis because with out it I would not be able to do the things I half to do n my life. without cannabis I would live n pain and discomfort .it sicks my stomache that I could get arrest for trying to give my self a better life with cannabis.im a single farther with four kids that so depend on me,with cannabis I can take care of them without it I cant because I wouldn’t b able to get out of bed because of my back pain and sometimes my right hand .with mo laws about cannabis I have a chance to be taken from my kids and all I want is to b able to raise them without liven in pain or getting addicted to pills that could end up killing u!!! I beg the law makers to have mercy and give the people medical marijuana .we have a right to be able to help our selves live not in pain and happy without going to jail.

  • Older Lady

    I am a senior and I smoke marijuana for pain and sleep.I don’t drink or do hard drugs and I have never believed that mj leads to harder drugs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jose-Gonzales/100003694111815 Jose Gonzales

    You can vote for someone who says that they are for legalization but after they get in office they will turn on you, just like Obama did.

  • Shianna Weirich

    honestly i believe that if cannabis was leagalized there would be less people in jail, then the police can focus more attention on rapest, pedifiles and murders. I do not smoke but i am not against it. i think its safer than alchohol, (sorry about spelling.)