Another survey says Minnesotans want medical marijuana

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A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use has been debated and tweaked since it was first introduced late last spring. But the one thing that's held steady is popular support.

Further proof came last week when KSTP-TV released the results of polling conducted through SurveyUSA. The research firm asked 543 registered voters whether medical marijuana should be legal and found overwhelming support: 68 percent of Minnesotans said yes and 24 percent said no.

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The results mirrored two other surveys conducted last year by Public Policy Polling and St. Cloud State University. (The Star Tribune concluded in February that only a slight majority of Minnesotans -- 51 percent -- were on board.)

The KSTP survey did not compare answers based on political parties, but the St. Cloud Survey did. Pollsters there found that 86 percent of Democrats liked the idea of docs prescribing pot to patients with qualifying illnesses. That means Gov. Mark Dayton -- who long ago promised to veto anything cops and prosecutors didn't like -- is in disagreement with almost his entire party. In fact, the DFL put the issue on its official agenda back in 1992.

However, the KSTP survey did confirm what all the other surveys until now have said -- that Minnesotans are squeamish about following Colorado and Washington down the path of total legalization. Only 29 percent of those surveyed in our state support recreational marijuana, a figure that's well below the national panorama. Slightly more than half of all Americans, according to a 2013 Pew Research study, endorse marijuana for whatever-purpose-who-cares.

Legislators have just over a month to pass something Dayton could sign into law or else drop the issue for another year. Next week, when the House resumes after the Easter/Passover break, Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) is expected to push the House version of the bill again as an amendment to a wide-reaching health bill. Also at that time, the Senate intends to resume discussions of medical marijuana in committee.

-- Follow Jesse Marx on Twitter @marxjesse or send tips to jmarx@citypages.com

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articfeather
articfeather

There should be a poll to see how many of us Minnesotans want Dayton to continue as Gov or not. I'd be interested in seeing those results.

Danielle Henkels
Danielle Henkels

Daren that's why I would not touch it if it was legal! I don't trust anything th FDA approves.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

People dying in a BHO explosion is THC related, brah.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

You see what the USA did to corn? You trust them w/ THC?

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Now we just need a new governor.

Chris Koch
Chris Koch

lets stop with trying for baby steps. lets eliminate the problem and just legalize before we loose all our residents to colorado

Mary Moon
Mary Moon

I was just in Denver not long ago. Went to a couple places. They have both medical & recreational. I think you have to be a resident to get the medical grade, I believe. It's awesome how they treat the "issue" there. Plus the State taxes every sale like 25%! Big win for the state! The State has already made millions on sales. lol It's treated very similar to DWI/OWI laws. I'm not a smoker but I think it's really cool how it's all set up.

Pablo Charis
Pablo Charis

Lastly the first week CO went full recreational they took in over 2 million dollars in tax revenue, that's over 100 billion dollars a year in tax revenue a year.

Pablo Charis
Pablo Charis

I case you are wondering what God has to say on the subject. God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you. genesis 1:29

Pablo Charis
Pablo Charis

Millions of people every year die from alcohol, tobacco and driving cars all licensed taxed and legal, there has never ever been a single reported marijuana related death.

Pablo Charis
Pablo Charis

Over 51,000,000,000 a year in case you wondering is spent on the war on drugs, who are the people taking these drugs are they really the enemy, or our family members, friends and ore loved ones.

Suzy Q Kangaroo
Suzy Q Kangaroo

we have more artists and musicians per capita than the rest of the us. Hmmmm....imagine that....

GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

21 states already have Medical Marijuana. But, do we really want the government's sticky little fingers in our sticky little buds? Since Mn. is a decriminalized state, even if you get caught with under an ounce, with the $200 fine you will still be paying less than a legal ounce costs in Colorado.

Erik Seavey
Erik Seavey

Dayton is a good gov. Getting a lot done.

Erik Seavey
Erik Seavey

That's a pretty wide variation in survey results. I think quoting the exact wording of the questions would clear some of this uncertainty up. With such a VAST majority of Minnesotans AGAINST legalization of recreational use of pot, I can't believe most people would support medical use if they knew of all of the abuse of the system that comes with it. We've already shown we can't control legal use of narcotics, why would we be able to control a legal use of pot? It should not be legal. They should bust users more and jack up the fines to pay for enforcement. Make it a misdemeanor with like a $1000 fine.

Jeremy Hageman
Jeremy Hageman

The pigs will not allow. The system as it is- is too profitable. And they are too lazy to do actual police work and bust real drug addicts

Danielle Henkels
Danielle Henkels

I'm all for the full legalization and taxing of it for purposes outside medical. Saves us money on the prosecution of people for selling or possession, new income source, although that scares me giving them more money to waste frankly, and new crop for farmers to grow. It is no worse than alcohol and in some instances is actually less so (ever see a bunch of stoners rioting and causing property damage).

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

For medical purposes? More approved For recreational use? Had the exact opposite results Makes me wonder if the people supporting this know the difference.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

So we're going to rely on the opinion of 600 people in a state of 5.3 million? That's 1% of the state. Get a bigger sample size.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

If he doesn't pass this bill he can say goodbye to the Governorship. He's also a wolf killer. I'm done with this poor excuse for a leader. Finally a dem gov and legislature finally and he steps in front of the bill because of the cops. Did the cops vote you in or the people? What if the pot lobby starts backing him hard with loads of that sweet sticky pot money? hmm? sad little man.

Bearach Coughlin
Bearach Coughlin

In case you forgot, the people may speak as loud as they want, government doesn't give 2 shits about what we want. Best to not forget this in the future.

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane

Yet again, the political parasites claim to be for the people... But can't even find the pulse of the masses. There are many people who would benefit from passing some type of bill allowing medical treatment. Dayton is a coward who cow-tows to idiots and thieves.

Amanda Lindau
Amanda Lindau

Sure hope Cops and Prosecutors support Mr.Dayton when he is no longer Governor due to his choices to support them and not the people/ majority on this issue.

Jennifer Dahn
Jennifer Dahn

It's not going to happen until people start voting 3rd party.

Chad Zk
Chad Zk

mn has always spoken they just dont wanna listen i gave up on this state thats why im moving to Colorado i dont pop pills just smoke all the medicine i need

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Too bad. Democrips and Rebloodlicans support PharmaCorps.

Matthias Weigel
Matthias Weigel

You assume politicians give a crap about what people think...

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

but then Mark Dayton will lose his funding from Big Pharma : (

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Mark Dayton is a complete idiot if he doesn't change his mind and do what the people want.   What an inhumane cruel asshole he is being about this.  Cops shouldn't tell me what medicine I can take.  

Gary
Gary

@GretavonOtto You are 100% right -- so hey, I'm in my 40's now so all of the guys I used to buy off of have long quit selling, so can you point me in the direction of a good local dealer who always has supply and variety for my own personal needs and I don't have to go to a sketchy part of town and worry about getting ripped off or worse?

Please keep in mind there are other issues for those who need this beyond just price or high taxes. Safety, availability, different types of strains for various health issues, not contributing to violent drug gangs -- I could go on.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

How about raising more revenue for the state with a $10,000 fine and automatic loss of vehicle for a DWI? That's something that actually does kill people. Marijuana legalization will sweep the country like gay marriage. You can't stop it.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

3rd party voting gave us George Bush. Good luck with all that.

medman
medman

@Gary post your email...and you will be high

TruDat
TruDat

@Gary @GretavonOtto

Oh, right, you want names and addresses? I'm in my 50s, have NEVER bought on the streets, or from violent gang members. Your stereotypes are laughable.

Also, if you notice, the lady separated medical and recreational pot.

GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

@TruDat @Gary@GretavonOtto 

If you like your dealer you can keep your dealer, if you suffer from those various health issues Gary speaks of, there's always Obamacare! LOL (What a kook!)

Gary
Gary

@TruDat @Gary@GretavonOttoIsn't it great that everyone has the same exact experience and connections as you? And how (in your world, at least) people have NEVER had to resort to buying off the streets or putting themselves at risk in order to get a harmless plant. I totally forgot that I personally have never had to do that and gotten ripped off -- thank you for reminding me about my own personal past.

If your reading comprehension was just slightly better, you'd realize that my point is some people -- who clearly don't have your connections, oh wise 50-year-old -- want a regulated, easily accessible storefront to buy medicine. We don't want to have to continue buying through the black market, regardless if it comes from a farm somewhere in rural Minnesota or from Mexico -- we're looking for convenience.

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