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Readers Support Full Legalization of Marijuana in Missouri

April 24, 2013 Crime, Drug Policy, Politics/Policy 1 Comment

In the poll last week nearly 82% favored some change in Missouri with respect to marijuana laws, with more than half supporting full legalization:

Q: How should Missouri treat marijuana?

  1. Fully legalize 71 53.38% 53.38%
  2. Legalize for medical / decriminalize for recreational use 32 24.06% 24.06%
  3. Keep it illegal 21 15.79% 15.79%
  4. Legalize for medical use only 6 [4.51%]
  5. Unsure/no opinion 3 [2.26%]

Recently the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a bill (#275) that would give police the ability to issue a summons to people rather than arrest them for violating state law:

Right now, under that state law, first offenders who are caught with a small amount of marijuana — from a gram to 35 grams— is given a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A second offense for possession of more than 35 grams is considered a felony. (stltoday)

This action is a reflection of changing attitudes, and perhaps realization the federal “War on Drugs” has largely failed:

For decades, the politics of the drug war were straightforward: Being tough could help at the polls and came with no political downside; being open to reform had few advantages, but would be used against a candidate on the campaign trail. (Huffington Post)

Nationally support for full legalization has picked up speed, Colorado & Washington states even legalized marijuana in the November 2012 election.

From Pew, click image to view source
From Pew, click image to view source

Seeing such a shift in Missouri will likely take a while.

— Steve Patterson

 

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. april says:

    do it already!!! what are you waiting for??

     

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