(KTVI) – St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay is asking residents whether or not they think Missouri should legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. A poll posted the mayor’s blog site, MayorSlay.com, is in response to the state of Colorado’s legalization of the possession of marijuana.
The poll asks what effects legalization would have on Missouri’s economy, how legalization laws should compare to laws regarding alcohol, and how Missouri’s current laws regarding marijuana affect crime rates.
Under Missouri’s current law, first offenders with small amounts of marijuana may be charged with a misdemeanor which could result in up to a year in jail and a fine. A second offense of possession of a larger amount of marijuana is a felony.
In St. Louis City, possession of small amounts of marijuana usually does not result in harsh punishment, according the Mayor Slay’s blog. People caught with small amounts were more often fined and not given jail time.
Colorado residents 21 or older can buy recreational marijuana as of Jan. 1, 2014. Residents can only purchase up to an ounce, which could cost $200 or more, according to CNN.
Washington state also legalized marijuana sales last year, but has not yet started selling the drug.
POLL: Should the state's marijuana polices match Colorado's? http://t.co/YwN1fMElKK
— Francis G. Slay (@MayorSlay) January 10, 2014