Majority in Colorado say legal marijuana good
April 28th, 2014
08:55 AM ET
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Majority in Colorado say legal marijuana good

(CNN) - Most voters in the first state to legalize recreational marijuana say the move was good for their state, according to a new poll.

But a Quinnipiac survey of Colorado voters also indicates there's wide partisan and generational divides over the issue.

Colorado began allowing the sale of recreational marijuana on January 1 to anyone age 21 or older. The state became the first to open recreational pot stores and became the first place in the world where marijuana is regulated from seed to sale. People can buy marijuana like alcohol - except the cannabis purchase is limited to an ounce, which is substantial enough to cost about $200 or more.

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According to the poll, 54% of voters in the state say they support the law, with 43% opposed. And 52% of voters say legalizing marijuana was a good move, with 38% saying it was bad for Colorado.

Around seven in ten Democrats and a majority of independents say that they support the law and that legalizing marijuana was good for the state, with more than six in ten Republicans disagreeing. Younger voters say they back the measure and that legalizing pot was good for Colorado, with older voters opposing the law and saying it was a bad move for the state.

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The poll also indicates a majority (54%-39%) saying driving has not become more dangerous because of legalized marijuana. Other findings: the measure will save the state and taxpayers a significant amount of money voters (53%-41%), it will have a positive impact on the state's criminal justice system (50%-40%), and it will increase "personal freedoms in a positive way" (53%-44%). Two-thirds say it has not "eroded the moral fiber" of the people of Colorado.

"Colorado voters are generally good to go on grass, across the spectrum, from personal freedom to its taxpayer benefits to its positive impact on the criminal justice system," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

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But more than half questioned say they are less likely to vote for a candidate for office who smokes marijuana two or three days a week. Only 3 percent are more likely to vote for a marijuana-smoking candidate, while 43 percent say it would not affect their vote.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 15-21, with 1,298 registered voters in Colorado questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

 

 


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -–didn't we legalize Tobacco, Alcohol? Why fussing.

    April 28, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. George

    Who are they polling, give some breakdowns. As liberals usually do they poll the people that will agree with them.

    April 28, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Lizzie

    Gurgyl. -–didn't we legalize Tobacco, Alcohol? Why fussing.
    -did you not read the study how marijuana alters the brain waves, irreversible.

    April 28, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Michael MN

    Goerge if being a Liberal means keeping the Gov from intruding on what you do in your private life and dictating what you can and connot do with your own body must mean that being a conservitive is for complete control by the Gov on your life

    April 28, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Fred Rutherford

    @George
    Who are they polling, give some breakdowns. As liberals usually do they poll the people that will agree with them.

    George, maybe you and your right wing cronies should take a toke and chill.

    April 28, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    George

    Who are they polling, give some breakdowns. As liberals usually do they poll the people that will agree with them.
    ----------------------–
    "Around seven in ten Democrats and a majority of independents say that they support the law and that legalizing marijuana was good for the state, with more than six in ten Republicans disagreeing. "

    "The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 15-21, with 1,298 registered voters in Colorado questioned by telephone."

    It seems that the liberals and independents in Colorado are mostly in favor of legalization. That's 2 to 1 against conservatives.

    April 28, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Gurgyl

    -–didn't we legalize Tobacco, Alcohol? Why fussing.
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    No... they've always been legal (except that failed prohibition thing).

    April 28, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    $200 an ounce??? I'm still getting mine from Pookie up the street. 😝

    April 28, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    @George

    "Who are they polling, give some breakdowns. As liberals usually do they poll the people that will agree with them."

    Click on the link to the poll if you really want to know.
    As for for your asinine comment- "...liberals usually do they poll the people that will agree with them", would you like to discuss the polls from the last Presidential election where romney had clearly won on faux news... but I was in bed by 9:30 with a huge smile on my face.

    April 28, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Ned Beatty

    @Lizzie
    Gurgyl. -–didn't we legalize Tobacco, Alcohol? Why fussing.
    -did you not read the study how marijuana alters the brain waves, irreversible.

    Yes, I saw that "study" on "Reefer Madness".

    April 28, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. ????

    Wait a year then take the poll again. More stoners are never good for society.

    April 28, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Michael MN

    Goerge if being a Liberal means keeping the Gov from intruding on what you do in your private life and dictating what you can and connot do with your own body must mean that being a conservitive is for complete control by the Gov on your life
    ----------------------------------
    Thank-you, for pointing that out. That is The Grand Hypocrisy, the pink elephant in the room, that conservatives just don't seem to see staring them straight in the face. They're too self-righteous to hear their self-contradictory message.

    April 28, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Chris-E...al

    I have never understood how americans can smoke pot and pass a drug test and get a job ? And it seems to me it could open up a wide range of lawsuits to all envolved ? I have been wrong just ask above .

    April 28, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Ned Beatty

    @Lizzie
    Gurgyl. -–didn't we legalize Tobacco, Alcohol? Why fussing.
    -did you not read the study how marijuana alters the brain waves, irreversible.
    -----------------------------
    Tobacco causes irreperable damge to the lungs.
    Alcohol can cause irreperable damage to the liver and other organs.
    You almost sound like you fear that someone is going to force you to become a marijuana user.

    April 28, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Lizzie

    Michael MN
    Goerge if being a Liberal means keeping the Gov from intruding on what you do in your private life and dictating what you can and connot do with your own body must mean that being a conservitive is for complete control by the Gov on your life
    - liberals and democrats want to control your life from birth to death, or have you forgotten LIFE OF JULIA.

    Ned...... Nice try, it was on CNN,

    April 28, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ned Beatty....
    OMG Reefer Madness was HILARIOUS! It should have been a comedy. Completely over the top comedy.

    Chris. Most don't pass the drug tests that smoke pot. But what I want to know is how the heroin and meth addicts pass and get good jobs??? Now that's what I want to know.

    April 28, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. S. B. Stein

    We need more studies done on the effects of marijuana on the human body for short and long term. There are people that say it helps them. That part needs to be studied more in depth.

    April 28, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Lizzie

    Rudy...... The government does not want you to quit smoking, consume alcohol or now smoke pot, each one brings in millions to billions of tax dollars that democrats can squander.
    Also some pot smokers move on to harder drugs.
    Have to disappoint you, never smoked pot or have any desire to do so, but if you want to fry your brain go right ahead.

    April 28, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. much thunder...little rain

    being stoned .. no way to go thru life..

    April 28, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And also Lizzie. Many hard drug users completely skip pot and move onto other harder drugs. If a person wants to do hard drugs they will, whether they have used pot before or not.

    Right now in the white bread county of Oakland here in MI, they are fighting a much larger problem. It seems teens from wealthy families are using heroin at an even more rapid pace than they were. Wealthy teens are riding the busses into the city to purchase their drugs. Guess what the solution is??? Stopping bus service that many of the working poor utilize and busting the dealers.

    I think I'd rather see the teens smoking a little pot instead of shooting heroin filled syringes into their bodies....
    Just saying...

    April 28, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Bill from GA

    What about the 48 states and our Federal Government that think it is OK in a (supposedly) Free Country to arrest 750,000 Americans each year just because some don't approve of their choice of intoxicant? Not because marijuana is proven to be more harmful than alcohol or tobacco, but just because a few don't approve, and insist on inflicting their values on the rest of the country.

    Some Freedom!

    April 28, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Gurgyl

    --I think you need to see psychiatrist. No compulsion to use any thing. I have wine bottles, beer–I never drink. Learn "will-power".

    April 28, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Bill from GA

    Lizzie – "did you not read the study how marijuana alters the brain waves, irreversible."

    The same is true of alcohol.

    April 28, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "Also some pot smokers move on to harder drugs."

    Also some non-pot smokers just do harder drugs.

    FIFY

    Conservative BS on this issue is just a gateway to stupid.

    April 28, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Bill from GA

    ???? – "Wait a year then take the poll again. More stoners are never good for society."

    Silicon Valley probably has a higher percentage of marijuana users than Colorado. (In case you don't know, Silicon Valley is the center of our technology industry. Lotta smart folks there.)

    Not everyone who uses pot is a 24 hour a day stoner. Just like, not everyone who uses alcohol is a 24 hour a day drunk.

    April 28, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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