Today the non-profit, pro-legalization group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation released new polling which shows that a majority in the state support legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana like alcohol. The poll was conducted by DHM Research, and surveyed Missouri residents who are likely to vote in the 2014 election. Participants were asked if they would vote for an initiative which is similar to the one that Show-Me Cannabis Regulation attempted to place on the ballot in 2012, and will be attempting again, aiming for either the 2014, or 2016 ballot.
According to the poll, 50% of voters are likely to support, and vote for such a measure, while 45% remain opposed (with the rest, of course, being undecided).
Even better, and a great sign for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation: After their vote, participants in the study were then shown more specifics of the proposed measure that’s being worked on, and it actually ended with a higher amount of support, at 54%.
“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.”