More than two-thirds of Kansans responding to a poll support legalizing medical marijuana, and almost as many support decriminalizing or reducing penalties for possession of marijuana in general.
The results are part of the annual Kansas Speaks survey conducted by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University.
The poll results come at a time when the city of Wichita faces a legal battle with the state over a recently passed ballot measure that reduces penalties for first-time marijuana possession.
The poll shows that 63 percent of respondents would support fines rather than jail time for people arrested with small amounts of marijuana. It also shows that 68 percent would support allowing physicians to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes.
Wichita voters passed an ordinance earlier this month that would reduce the penalty for first-time marijuana possession to a $50 fine. Current state law classifies marijuana possession as a Class A felony punishable by a $2,500 fine or jail time.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt has called the Wichita ordinance unlawful, and the matter is now before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Kansas lawmakers have had hearings on legalizing medical marijuana this session, but proposals to do so have not made it to the House or Senate floor for a vote.
The random sample survey of 519 Kansans was conducted between March 23 and April 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.