2014 State Fair poll: slight majority of Minnesotans oppose pot legalization

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Coleen Danger
The results of this year's State Fair poll were released Tuesday, showing that Minnesotans favor same-day voter registration and an increase in the gas tax for road and bridge construction.

But a slight majority also opposes the idea of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, thereby extending access beyond the medical program established last spring.

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The poll isn't scientific -- fair goers volunteered opinions in the Education Building -- but it does resemble what St. Cloud University previously concluded. Back in January, researchers found that 46 percent of Minnesotans were in favor of legalization and 48 percent were opposed.

However, a Star Tribune poll released in February gives vastly different numbers. In that case, 63 percent of Minnesotans opposed legalization and only 30 percent believed the state should follow the example of Colorado and Washington. Residents of Alaska and Oregon are all set to vote on legalization in November.

At home, Minnesota NORML is preparing to push for legalization in the next legislative session, but it's unclear which politicians, if any, would take up the cause. The activists are framing the issue as one of social justice and economics in an attempt to bridge the traditional left-right divide.

Randy Quast, a board member and retired businessman, says he intends to leave Minneapolis for Portland to make use of his Oregon medical marijuana card. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder but does not qualify under the law here.

Quast wrote last month that he's saddened to take his "millions of dollars" elsewhere. "Minnesota & Minneapolis should realize the economic impact that prohibition is causing."

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Sam Grobel
Sam Grobel

Just over a quarter of our MN community went to the fair, Definetly not an accurate poll.

Giovanni Azzone
Giovanni Azzone

Wait a couple of years and let the old timers die off

Mary Moon
Mary Moon

Thousands gather from many different states each year for the fair. I don't think the State Fair is a fair "poll" determination arena. lol Have an online link so Minnesotans can clearly vote. People who are uneducated about it don't get it and never will. Alcohol is way worse than pot in my book. I just got back from Denver. It's great how they handle it there. And the revenue the state brings in from the legalization of it is insane.

TruDat
TruDat

How about if you don't like pot don't smoke it. What gives anyone the right to control what other adults do in the privacy of their own home?  

Ben Polzin
Ben Polzin

I was too paranoid to take the survey.

Kelly Pieklo
Kelly Pieklo

Yes, we are thanks, Boulder. You think MN is progressive? As progressive as it was even 12 years ago?

Paul Condon
Paul Condon

You would think with all the munchies at the fair, more supporters would be there

Meng Her
Meng Her

Yeah, Wtf. Really?! Douchebags!!!

Mackenzie Denny
Mackenzie Denny

Well, yeah, you have all these family types there. Do this same poll at a First ave concert, and show me the results.

Molly Hart
Molly Hart

Bullshit!! That's cuz country hicks go to the fair, and people with lives don't fill that shit out

Dave Kjellberg
Dave Kjellberg

I suppose you'd rather pay the corporation for your pot while the government taxes you for, they get rich, and the price goes up.

David Dennison
David Dennison

If they only knew how great their corn dogs would taste.

Kelly Pieklo
Kelly Pieklo

You all need to take a trip to Colorado to see med/rec cannabis as the societal non-issue that it is. Dispensaries are safe, clean, and professional, staff in most are quite helpful whether you're experienced or not. Think most people believe that you can consume in public in Colorado - you CANNOT unless you want a ticket, which unsurprisingly is essentially identical to a drinking in public ticket because THEY TREAT CANNABIS LIKE ALCOHOL THERE OH MY GOD THE HORROR. For real. Do some homework, experience what it's like, then come back to MN and make people uncomfortable by talking about it. That's how perceptions change.

Jeremy Weston
Jeremy Weston

Winner winner... Hops over sinners... COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH YOUR COMMENT! THANK YOU! MN is thought to be a progressive state and it is a pretty big Ag state but nope... I'm not going to hate on boozers unless they hate on weedies...

Paul Watson
Paul Watson

Who wants to smoke? This guy that's who!

Kristen Anne
Kristen Anne

Sorry at the fair all day and I didn't see a poll

Kurt Vatland
Kurt Vatland

Proving Minnesota is not as progressive as it thinks. Hahah

Kurt Vatland
Kurt Vatland

Missing their mark in no way says experiement failed. MN just has its small town small mind lets ignore reality hat on as it strokes someone else making money here that doesnt want to see the people use that money.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Punk you? Well don't make stupid comments on which you obviously know nothing about. You may want to check into getting meds.....

Paul Gerst
Paul Gerst

Polls are stupid. Think about what kind of people agree to take these polls. It is usually older, more conservative folks. Most people blow right past them. Dumb, dumb, dumb...but hey, it gives you yet another empty yet agitating headline for people to jump at and thrust their egos arou...D'OH!!!!

Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes

Shayne...what failures? I'm not blaming anyone for anything. What are you talking about. Stop trolling and get back to whatever you were doing before you thought you could punk me...sheez.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Jesus Christ dude, clean the sand out of your vag and quit blaming others for your failures. Tourette's much?!?

Phillip Edwards
Phillip Edwards

I'm guessing this poll was conducted in front of the Mike McFadden booth.

Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes

Yes...cause I'm a racist...yep...just like my white mother and my white fiance...yep, I hate white people. Moron...

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Look at the racist crying racism. Didn't need to look at your avi to tell you're a moron by your comments.

Anthony Christensen
Anthony Christensen

That's shocking cause I don't care who sees me do it and I have yet to get to cops after me.

Mel Chazen
Mel Chazen

It's the state fair, what'd you expect?

Bob Taugner
Bob Taugner

It shocks me how insulated Metro-Minnesotans are. They really do think the whole state is just like them and their neighbors.

Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes

Oh...because I'm black, I must be a crack addict...I get it. This is how you justify your racism. No way that I could be an IT professional...nope, can't happen.

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