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Poll: Majority Of Colorado Residents Still Support Marijuana Legalization


colorado marijuana legalization denver daColorado passed a historic marijuana legalization initiative during the 2012 Election. I was at an election party in Oregon watching the voting results come out of Colorado with Jay Smoker, and I vividly remember when Colorado was declared a winner giving out many hugs and high fives to the marijuana activists that were also in attendance. It was an event that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I also remember almost instantly marijuana opponents were touting it as ‘the beginning of the end’ and that Colorado voters would soon regret their decision. Zoom forward almost two years later, and it appears that, once again, marijuana opponents were wrong. Per Marist Poll:

A majority of Colorado residents, 55%, is for Colorado’s new marijuana law which allows the legalization of small amounts of the drug purchased from regulated businesses.  Among these Coloradans, 27% actively support the law, and 28% favor the legislation but do not actively do so.  In contrast, 41% oppose the law.  This includes 8% who are actively trying to overturn the legislation.

I have yet to see a poll where Colorado residents have regretted their decision, as marijuana opponents predicted. This new poll is one of a handful that I have seen that all show Colorado residents are perfectly fine with their decision to legalize marijuana in 2012. Sadly, I know it will not stop opponents from pretending like that’s not the case. Opponents like Kevin Sabet will cling to any argument they have against marijuana, even if it’s not based in fact.

This poll should be spread far and wide, especially in states like Oregon and Alaska where voters will be asked to legalize marijuana during the 2014 Election. Washington D.C. is also voting on marijuana legalization this year, and I hope they all follow in Colorado and Washington’s footsteps. 2016 is going to arguably be the biggest year in marijuana policy history, and I’d love to see what Colorado residents think at that time about their decision to legalize marijuana in 2012. I’d imagine the results of a poll taken at that time won’t be that much different from what the results are now, and if it changes at all, support will likely be even higher.


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  1. Kylie Michelle Fraser on

    “I personally didn’t want to see Washington’s medical dispensary’s suddenly turned into a tourists stores. Obviously, Colorado’s medical patients didn’t care, or, at least I didn’t hear anything about that.”

    except that medical stores DIDN’T turn into tourist stores. in fact, I know of only one medical store that ALSO opened a SEPARATE rec store (they have to be separated if they have both. it’d be nice to increase the number of rec stores, allow more/bigger growing ops, and lower the sales tax. more sales with a lower tax means similar tax revenue because more people will buy more from rec stores, especially if you get prices even with medical. you’ll get less medical patients as well and the medical stores can have plenty for patients.

  2. Washington State officials simply chose not to turn marijuana legalization into a tax race. Washington, along with California and Oregon have traditionally approached tax and social policy issues differently than most other American States. That said, I’m glad there are two very different systems currently in place. I don’t think marijuana legalization is ever going to become a one size fits all equation, as each State is different in some ways although there are some regional similarities. Time difference will ultimately matter little as long as the Fed’s, tourists and residents are happy with the outcomes. I personally didn’t want to see Washington’s medical dispensary’s suddenly turned into a tourists stores. Obviously, Colorado’s medical patients didn’t care, or, at least I didn’t hear anything about that. However, I don’t think that approach would have gone over well here. The biggest opponents to legalization in Washington came from medical marijuana patients, not law enforcement or the sky is falling chicken little’s. Anyway, things appear to be working in Colorado which is great although the poll is somewhat unsettling, I think that will change as time goes by. My own preference is Washington’s medical marijuana dispensary’s remain unregulated as they have been since 1998. And retail stores remain retail.

  3. I haven’t noticed any anti-legalization efforts, although they may be lurking somewhere. Washington may be more progressive, but it has taken them a lot longer to open retail shops.

  4. The anti people used to think that their mouse roared but now it has throat cancer:D (I’m Not making fun of cancer.)

  5. Wow! If you total the likes and definite maybe’s it appears that 77% of Coloradoans don’t “actively” support legalization. Not good with so many anti-legalization efforts ramping up there. Washington is more of a bell-weather State I’d think as it’s much more politically progressive than Colorado.

  6. Why would we Coloradans regret our decision to legalize adult use of cannabis? Fewer alcohol-related traffic incidents? Less violent crime? More people having a nice time? Nope, we are LOVING IT, in spite of the high tax rates, and hope the rest of the country follows us soon.

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