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Six Out Of Ten Americans Support Marijuana Sales In Colorado


colorado marijuana salesLegal recreational marijuana sales have been occurring in Colorado since January 1, 2014. I have heard many political analysts and pundits describe legalization as the ‘great public policy experiment of this decade.’ I have also heard marijuana reform opponents describe legalization as ‘the most dangerous public policy experiment of this decade.’ The fact is that there have been very few problems reported in Colorado and Washington since they legalized marijuana, and those issues have been insignificant compared to the benefits that have been afforded to Colorado and Washington.

There have been thousands of jobs created by marijuana legalization, there have been huge sums of tax dollars saved by not dedicating them to enforcing failed prohibition policies, and there has also been sizable revenues generated from taxes and fees on marijuana sales. Marijuana legalization is a great thing, and the ‘social costs’ argument has been proven wrong. A recent poll shows that most Americans agree. Per NORML:

More than six out of ten Americans – including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Independents, and Republicans – support the regulation and retail sale of marijuana in Colorado, according to the findings of a nationwide HuffPost.com/YouGov poll released today.

Colorado voters in 2012 approved a statewide initiative legalizing the personal consumption and cultivation of the plant. The measure also allows for the state-licensed commercial production and retail sales of cannabis to those over the age of 21. Commercial cannabis sales began on January 1st of this year. To date, these sales have generated nearly $11 million in tax revenue.

Sixty-one percent of Americans – including 68 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Independents, and 52 percent of Republicans – say they “support” Colorado’s efforts to regulate the commercial cannabis market. Only 27 percent of respondents oppose the Colorado law.

Respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 (65 percent) as well as those age 65 and older (64 percent) were most likely to support Colorado’s efforts, while those between the ages of 45 to 65 (55 percent) were less likely to do so.

The results of a separate poll of Colorado voters commissioned by Quinnipiac University in April similarly reported that most Coloradoans support the state’s efforts to regulate marijuana sales and consumption.

Similarly licensed commercial retail sales of cannabis began last week in Washington state.

In response to a separate HuffPost/YouGov poll question, 54 percent of those surveyed said that the US government should not enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states that have legalized and regulated the plant. Only 29 percent of respondents endorsed the notion of enforcing federal prohibition in states that are pursuing alternative regulatory schemes.

“Every day in America, hundreds of thousands of people engage in transactions involving the recreational use of marijuana, but only in two states – Colorado and Washington – do these transactions take place in a safe, above-ground, state-licensed facility where consumers must show proof of age, the product sold is of known quality, and the sales are taxed in a manner to help fund necessary state and local services,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “Not surprisingly, most Americans prefer to have cannabis regulated in this sort of legal setting as opposed to an environment where the plant’s production and sale is entirely unregulated and those who consume it are stigmatized and classified as criminals.”

Complete poll results are available online here.

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  1. Oddly, one of the people to still object to legalization in Colorado is Gov Hickenlooper. Having made his fortune as a manufacturer and distributor of the most dangerous drug in America, his hypocrisy was shocking. It also galled him that the legislative choice was taken from his hands after he effectively voided decriminalization in Denver as voted on by the citizens. He is not the easy going barkeeper that he comes of as.

  2. “Talking about my generation. My generation.” I started smoking MJ in 1971when, with a fresh university in hand, I was drafted into the army and served not-so-honorably as, of all things, a military policeman in San Anstonio, F’ing Texas. Believe me, being a pothead in Texas in the early 70’s was not something you’d want to experience. It was a miracle that I never got busted. But I agree with you that the forces of law and order should “Either light up or leave me alone.”

  3. That’s easy to see 65 year old was young adults back in the 60’s and early 70’s. So they didn’t grow up marijauna as a class 1 felony like a 45/55 year old did. Younger people believe that probition is a waste of resources. Our government and our people need to stop dictating what is ok and what is not. If I am not harming anyone, damaging no property, not harming myself ( this is for you cig smokers who are anti marijauna) then leave me alone and take care of your own personal issues.

  4. and that scoundrel pence should be on the fbi’s most wanted list
    he makes felonies for those in the cannabis community, a real mobster, and one who needs to be drug to prison

  5. how many people support the notion that cannabis use is a personal rights issue, and is guaranteed them by the constitution, and not a states right?

    how is it possible that people can be so dumb as to give their freedoms to whoever is elected to decide if they will be allowed their constitutional freedom

    High TREASON to war on people, may those who are responsible pay

    not get paid paychecks anymore by tax dollars

  6. You should distinguish between the reefer madness generation who came of age in the 1950’s and the Woodstock Generation who came of age in the 1960’s–and were the cutting edge of such things of such things as civil rights, anti-war, feminism, gay rights and MJ reform. We started it all.

  7. I get your point, but have you considered that it doesn’t make any sense because Repugnicans don’t make any sense?

  8. PeaceOnEarth on

    While I believe the final numbers for regulation and legalization are somewhere around 60%, this poll does not convince me. It’s showing 18-29 yo group with the same rate of approval as the geriatric reefer madness generation. There has never been a poll with millennials and generation Xers where seniors show the same support or more as the younger groups. Unless somehow they just magically realized that they would not get the yearly tens of thousands of GI bleeds from their use of NSAIDs, the liver problems from the use of Tylenol, often in combination with other hepato-toxic agents, the broken hips from falling while very drowsy on an opiate or the weird stuff they do while sleep walking on Ambien, if they would use the natural and safer alternative that Cannabis offers them, I think the support should have been higher on the younger groups and lower on the plus 65.

  9. Why do the poll numbers asking the question “Do you support legalizing marijuana” have only 30% or less Republicans support but this question asking about marijuana sales have 52% Republican support? It doesnt make sense.

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