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Coloradans Still Happy They Legalized Marijuana

The people of Colorado are happy with their decision, and they’d do it again

The people of Colorado continue to believe they made the right decision when they legalized marijuana. It has been almost two years since voters approved Amendment 64 legalizing the possession of marijuana for adults, and nine months since the first adult-use marijuana retail shops opened. After having plenty of time to judge the impact of legalization firsthand opinion remains essentially unchanged.

A new Marist poll found 55 percent of Coloradans support the new legalization law while 41 percent oppose it, which is effectively identical to the level support it had when it was first adopted. When the measure was on the ballot in 2012 it won with a vote of 55.3 percent yes to 44.7 percent no. Other pollsters also found the support for legalization remains steady.

Not surprisingly, the only age group that still narrowly opposes legalization are adults over the age of 60, while it enjoys overwhelming support among adults under 30.

Although a sizable minority still doesn’t like the new law there is little active opposition to it. Only 8 percent of adults say they are trying to have the law overturned. On the other hand, roughly half of the people who favor the new law say they are actively supporting it. Both the raw numbers and the intensity of support are with the pro-legalization side.

If voters and politicians in other states are “waiting to see” how legalization goes in Colorado the general consensus seems to be that it has gone pretty well. Most Coloradans are happy with legalization and would do it all over again.

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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

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