Mini Poll: A Civil Conversation?


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


Favor:
 91%
Oppose:
 7%
Don't care one way or the other:
 3%

 


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?


Better:
 85%
Worse:
 3%
No effect:
 12%

 


Do you favor or oppose the complete legalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use by adults?


Favor:
 93%
Oppose:
 5%
Don't care one way or the other:
 2%

 


Do you favor or oppose the complete legalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana for medical use if prescribed by a doctor?


Favor:
 94%
Oppose:
 3%
Don't care one way or the other:
 2%

 


Assuming marijuana is not legalized, do you think people arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana should be put in jail, or just have to pay a fine but without serving any time in jail?


Jail:
 3%
Fine, no jail:
 97%

 


Do you think that the possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults should be treated as a civil summary offense in St. Louis, like public intoxication, rather than as a criminal offense?


Summary offense, no jail:
 96%
Criminal offense, jail possible:
 4%

 


Do you think the possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults should be treated as a municipal violation in St. Louis, like littering or overtime parking, rather than as a criminal offense?


Muni violation, no jail:
 96%
Criminal offense, jail possible:
 4%

 


If the possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults were treated as a municipal violation, do you think it would generally increase crime, reduce crime, or have no effect on crime?


Increase crime:
 4%
Reduce crime:
 72%
Have no effect:
 25%

 


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?


Marijuana regulations > alcohol regulations:
 8%
Marijuana regulations < alcohol regulations:
 39%
Marijuana regulations = alcohol regulations:
 53%

 


After taking this poll, what do you now think ought to be government policy toward marijuana?


Legalize it completely for adults:
 25%
Legalize it completely for adults and tax it:
 66%
Legalize it for medical use only:
 2%
Keep it illegal, but decriminalize it:
 3%
Keep the laws the way they are:
 1%
Make the laws even tougher:
 2%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.