Colorado Voters Still Happy With Their Decision to Legalize Marijuana
Recreational pot has legally been on sale in Colorado for over a month. Now that the voters of the state have had a chance to fully experience the implementation of the new law they remain convinced they made the right decision back in 2012.
According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 58 percent of registered Colorado voters support Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in Colorado. Only 39 percent oppose the new law. This is a modest increase in support for legalization over the past year. During the 2012 election Amendment 64 was approved by a vote of 55.3 – 44.7%.
While it is now legal for any adult 21 and over to go buy marijuana there has not been a rush of new people indulging. The poll found only 10 percent of voters said they used marijuana in January. This is comparable to the rate of use before the retail stores opened. Despite what some critics may claim, legalization has not turned Colorado into a land of potheads.
The people of Colorado do think one downside of legalization is that it has hurt the state’s image, possibly because cable news media can’t seem to cover the issue without bad jokes and even worse puns. The poll found 51 percent think it has hurt Colorado’s image while 38 percent think it was good for the state’s image. Not surprisingly, there is a huge generational divide on this question. An overwhelming 57 percent of voters under the age of 30 think legalization has improved the state’s image while 67 percent of senior citizens think it has hurt it.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy