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July 21st, 2014
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Poll: Coloradans say no to pot in bars and clubs

(CNN) - Voters in the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana say pot use should be limited to the home or members-only clubs, with no lighting up in bars or clubs, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Monday also indicates that a majority of Colorado voters still support legal marijuana sales, six months after the law kicked in.

Two-thirds of those questioned say marijuana use should be legal at home or in members-only clubs, with an similar amount saying pot shouldn't be legal in bars and clubs where alcohol is served. Two-thirds also say marijuana shouldn't be legal at entertainment events where admission is charged. And just over six in ten say laws regulating marijuana should be as strict as those regulating alcohol use.

"Coloradans are still good to go on marijuana for recreational use in private settings, but as far as letting the good times roll in bars and clubs where alcohol is served, voters say don't smoke 'em if you've got 'em,'" said Quinnipiac University poll assistant director Tim Malloy.

10 things to know about Colorado's marijuana law

Colorado laws ban smoking pot inside bars and restaurants. Some private marijuana clubs are opening.

Fifty-four percent say they support the marijuana law, unchanged from April but down four-percentage points from February.

Other findings from the new poll: Just over six in ten Colorado voters say alcohol's more harmful to your health than pot. And half say they've tried pot, but only 16% say they've tried it since it became legal on January 1.

Opinion: Colorado's troubles with pot

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted July 10-14, with 1,147 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

 


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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Voters in the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana say pot use should be limited to the home or members-only clubs, with no lighting up in bars or clubs, according to a new poll.
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    I don't know the local laws regarding smoking tobacco in public places, but I don't see why pot should not be treated any differently. It should be given the same treatment.

    July 21, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Rudy: "I don't know the local laws regarding smoking tobacco in public places, but I don't see why pot should not be treated any differently. It should be given the same treatment."

    What I don't understand is why this wasn't addressed and put on the books when pot use was initially legalized in Colorado. At any rate, here is the Colorado smoking ban law per goggle:

    The Law
    What’s Included in the Law?

    As of July 1, 2006, smoking no longer is allowed in most indoor public places including (but not limited to):

    Restaurants, bars, gaming facilities such as bingo halls, billiard or pool halls, bowling alleys, public buildings, grocery stores or any food service establishment
    Theaters, museums, libraries, schools, educational institutions, and common areas of retirement facilities, publicly-owned housing facilities and nursing homes (except areas of assisted living facilities – see exemptions section)
    Lobbies, elevators, restrooms, reception areas, hallways and any other common-use areas in public and private buildings, condominiums and other multiple-unit residential facilities
    Indoor sports arenas, gymnasiums and auditoriums
    Heath care facilities, hospitals, health care clinics, doctors’ offices and child day care facilities
    Common areas in hotels and motels, and no less than 75 percent of hotel or motel sleeping quarters rented to guests
    Jury waiting and deliberation rooms, courtrooms and public meetings
    Government-owned mass transportation of any kind, taxi cabs and limousines not under private hire
    Casinos (as of January 1, 2008)
    Any place of employment not exempted

    In addition, smoking is not allowed within 15 feet of an establishment or business main entryway unless defined differently by a local law.

    July 21, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    I don't know the local laws regarding smoking tobacco in public places, but I don't see why pot should not be treated any differently. It should be given the same treatment.

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    They might be concerned with people getting a contact high. It would be awful if someone was subject to drug testing at their job, and tested positive only because they happened to be inside an establishment that permitted them to drink and smoke at the same time.

    Amsterdam doesn't allow sale or use of cannabis in establishments that serve or permit alcohol usage, and vice-versa and there's good reason for that; the two don't mix well, and there were too many instances of patrons getting so drunk while smoking that they would pass out and lose control of their bodily functions. The Grasshopper, on Damrak about a block from Central Station has a coffee shop in the basement where patrons can purchase cannabis products and light snacks. Upstairs is a full service bar, and on top of that is a wonderful steak house. You can indulge all of your pleasures in one building, but you can only use your cannabis in the coffee shop.

    July 21, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Ian's Rushtache

    Personally, I wouldn't want to be around a bunch of drunks in a club harshing my mellow.

    July 21, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Rudy: "I don't know the local laws regarding smoking tobacco in public places, but I don't see why pot should not be treated any differently. It should be given the same treatment."

    What I don't understand is why this wasn't addressed and put on the books when pot use was initially legalized in Colorado. At any rate, here is the Colorado smoking ban law per Google. .... ....
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    Good question. Thanks for the information, BTW. From the way your quote is worded, it would seem that it would apply to more than just the "smoking" of tobacco and tobacco related products. It almost sounds like they might need to better define what exactly is "smoking".

    July 21, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    They at least have sense enough to know it will get totally out of control if they aren't careful.

    July 21, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    I don't know the local laws regarding smoking tobacco in public places, but I don't see why pot should not be treated any differently. It should be given the same treatment.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    They might be concerned with people getting a contact high. It would be awful if someone was subject to drug testing at their job, and tested positive only because they happened to be inside an establishment that permitted them to drink and smoke at the same time.
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    I had thought that the law only permitted private indoor, recreational use. My favorite pictures are #12 and #31.

    July 21, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Drinking alcohol and driving is enough a problem resulting in traffic injuries, death, and property damage without adding driving under the influence of marijuana to the mix.

    July 21, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Thanks for the information, BTW."

    LOL. Twenty years ago I would have wasted half a secretarial work day working the phone trying to get someone in Colorado to fax me that information.

    July 21, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Chris..E.al

    I bet foodstamp en roll ment will rise

    July 21, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    I had thought that the law only permitted private indoor, recreational use. My favorite pictures are #12 and #31.

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    You can smoke in coffee shops, and I know of at least one place that serves burgers, milkshakes, etc. and allows patrons to bring their own smoke – they don't sell cannabis products.

    July 21, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    My favorite pictures are #12 and #31.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I didn't even realize there were additional pics there! Yeah, they do look good!

    July 21, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    Chris..E.al
    I bet foodstamp en roll ment will rise

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why would you think that?

    July 21, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "Thanks for the information, BTW."

    LOL. Twenty years ago I would have wasted half a secretarial work day working the phone trying to get someone in Colorado to fax me that information.
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    Either that or spend a couple thousand at Thomas Register for a set hard cover books the define Colorado law.

    July 21, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Dude from Philly

    -with an similar amount
    -in bars and clubs were alcohol is served.
    -say they support the marijuana law, unchanged from April but down four-percentage points

    I guess you don't need to know how to write anymore to be a member of the media. Network news is full of retards.

    July 21, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. GreyMan

    Ok Colorado, you're making no sense. Why not in bars? Why not make cannibus the same as alcohol?

    July 21, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. S.B. Stein

    What I want from these states that have legalized marijuana is to have them fund research into the actual medical value of this drug. Once there are more scientifically valid studies that can stand scrutiny, then there should be more change. I would like this so that those that say it is bad have something to look at carefully while those supporters can understand what limits this will help and isn't a cure all.

    July 21, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. salty dog

    Elaborate Chris, i love your posts. Tell us how you figured that out, please .

    July 21, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. ActuallyDoesSmoke

    The comments here are the usual smattering of misinformation (food stamps comment), fear of the unknown, and regurgitation of well-publicized lies and T-shirt slogans. Here's the facts- marijuana users will not be the ones ripped out of their minds driving the wrong way down an interstate. Those are called drunks. Marijuana users will not become angry, out of control lunatics when the sorrows of their oh-so challenging day meet four or five shots of whiskey. And the biggest problem with this piece of yellow journalism: this article's main point, that Coloradans don't want pot in bars, is made with the flimsiest of factual backup- a "poll." In other words, a CNN political operative pulled it out of his butt. You want to press this issue, conservatives? Get it on a ballot and watch what happens.

    July 21, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Farrok

    Pot is ok if it is used at home and in private clubs but it should not be allowed to be consumed in a barroom. Alcohol has always been a problem and causes anger, rage and violence in its users. People take a few drinks and go mad........... Alcohol is poison.

    July 21, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Derek

    Quinnipiac University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university located in Hamden, Connecticut. That’s a long way from Colorado. Suspicious.

    July 21, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. CNNSUCKS

    No illegals!

    July 21, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    GreyMan
    Ok Colorado, you're making no sense. Why not in bars? Why not make cannibus the same as alcohol?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Because bar owners don't want to have to clean up the p!$$ & $H!+ when some drunken fool overly partakes and looses control.

    July 21, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Danny

    No Pot in Bars! I need the pocket space for my flask and pistol...

    July 21, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Personally, I wouldnt want to be around a bunch of potheads while I am drinking.

    July 21, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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