Wisconsin: Half Of State Voters Back Legalizing Marijuana Use

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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.

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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 CaliforniaFloridaLouisianaMarylandMichigan, 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.

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