A new survey carried out by Fort Hays State University in Kansas shows that the majority of the state’s residents are in favor of recreational marijuana, and they are in support of the industry’s taxation.
The Annual Kansas Speaks survey used opinions of Kansas residents on a myriad of public policy issues such as Medicaid expansion and weapons control. The report, which was released last week, revealed that more than 63% of the participants are in support of legalizing and taxing adult-use marijuana.
About 26% of the respondents are opposed to marijuana legalization efforts, while 11% of the participants were neutral on marijuana law reform.
Although support for marijuana legalization is backed by the majority of the state’s electorate, marijuana remains illegal even for medical use. However, marijuana may be legalized in the state of Kansas in the near future.
Lawmakers in Kansas took the first steps in advancing the marijuana reform in October. Ohio’s medical marijuana program limits the patients to a 90-day supply and also bans smoking of weed. The Special Committee on Federal and State Affairs requested the legislature to benchmark Ohio’s medical marijuana program. They also included the prohibition of vaping medical marijuana in the legalization proposal.
Senator Oletha Faust-Goudea (D) said that the legislation is bound to pass, and it is their responsibility to sit at the negotiation table and perfect the law to serve the people better.
Governor Laura Kelly (D) also said that she is in favor of medical marijuana.
Local towns and cities in Kansas are also moving forward with marijuana reform. Lawrence City Commission, for example, suggested a decrease in the criminal charges for possessing small amounts of weed to a fine of $1 and $63 in court costs. The motion garnered 4-1 votes in favor of the ordinance, which applies to first and second convictions. Third level offenses are felonies, and they cannot be processed in municipal court.
Lawrence Mayor, Lisa Larsen, said that the move by the city’s leaders was initiated to keep unwarranted charges off the city’s residents’ legal records.
She further said that her motive is to bring some reasonable and equitable justice to the people of Lawrence City.
According to a news release, the Kansas Speaks survey was conducted through phone interviews, whereby the researchers interviewed 352 residents from the month of August 26 to October 14, 2019. The study is the state’s only yearly research of Kansas residents’ views on issues relating to public affairs. The survey margin of error was 5.2%, with a 95% accuracy level.
It would be interesting to hear what marijuana companies like The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) and SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) think about the results of this poll and the provisions of the legalization bill.
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