When advocates of marijuana legalization in Missouri successfully get a measure on the ballot to end pot prohibition -- voters of the state will support it.
So says new polling data released by advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, which says that the legalization of pot could pass as early as 2014 in Missouri, with even better odds in 2016.
"This is going to happen within the next presidential election cycle, not just in Missouri, but nationwide," John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, tells Daily RFT. "That's going to put tremendous pressure on the federal government."
What percentage of Missourians support regulation?
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The polling data, which Show-Me Cannabis released yesterday, says that a majority of Missouri residents support legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. Last election, Colorado and Washington successfully passed similar measures and are currently in the process of implementing legalized, recreational pot.
The poll -- conducted by DHM Research and commissioned by the National Cannabis Coalition on behalf of Show-Me Cannabis -- found that 50 percent of respondents support legalization, 45 percent oppose it and five percent are undecided.
After the initial question, the 500 likely 2014 Missouri voters that participated in the polling were given more details about the legalization proposal here and presented with pro and con statements -- which apparently increased support to 54 percent.
Show-Me Cannabis points out that these results are consistent with other recent polls on the subject, with Gallup, for example, finding that just over 50 percent of Americans support legalizing pot -- and 54 percent backing the concept in the midwest.
"This is something that is supported by a majority of Missourians and is something that we can pass in the fairly near future," Payne says.
Continue for more details on the polling and a potential Missouri legalization campaign.