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After Six Months of Marijuana Sales, Support for Legalization in Colorado Remains Strong

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Most Colorado voters have not changed their opinion of marijuana legalization since it was adopted

Recreational marijuana has now been on sale in Colorado for over six months, giving the people of the state a decent chance to judge the new policy.  The voters of the state continue to think it was a good idea.

According to Quinnipiac, 54 percent of registered voters in Colorado support Amendment 64 which was approved by voters in the 2012 election. Only 43 percent of voters say the oppose the law.

This level of support has been basically unchanged since the measure was first adopted. During the 2012 November election the ballot measure was approved in a vote of 55.3 percent yes to 44.7 percent no and all but one of Quinnipiac’s polls since then has found support steady at 54 percent. It would appear that direct experience with legalization hasn’t yet caused many people to change their minds about it either way.

The survey also looked at where voters support allowing marijuana to be consumed. While roughly two thirds of voters think it should remain illegal to consume marijuana at bars where alcohol is sold or entertainment events, the people of Colorado would accept the idea of marijuana smoking clubs. The poll found 66 think it should be legal to use marijuana at members-only marijuana clubs.

Interestingly, the end of alcohol prohibition saw a similar dynamic. In many states when prohibition ended, on premise alcohol consumption was often restricted to just private clubs and only slowly expanded decades later. In fact up until 2009 all the places to get a drink in Utah were still technically “private clubs” where you had to pay a membership fee to join if you wanted to drink.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com