Milwaukee, WI: One out of two Wisconsin voters believe that marijuana use ought to be legal, according to survey data released by Marquette University Law School.
Fifty percent of respondents agreed with the statement, "[M]arijuana use should be made legal." Forty-five percent of respondents disagreed with the statement.
Under present law, the possession of any amount of cannabis in Wisconsin is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to six-month in jail and a $1,000 fine. Any subsequent marijuana possession offense is classified as a felony, punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The Marquette University poll is the latest in a series of statewide surveys, including state-specific polls in California, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, and Texas, showing that more adults support legalizing cannabis than approve of its criminal prohibition.
Eight hundred randomly sampled registered voters participated in the poll. A random half-sample of those surveyed responded to the specific question regarding marijuana policy.
The Marquette poll has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percent.