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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. citizenUSA

    I wouldn't want my $500 pot getting stinky-butt liquor smell on it anyway.

    July 21, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Mike Land

    One side effect in the states that have legalized weed are the effects on the children. Grandparents leave out the pot candy and kids get into it and take it to school to give to their friends. Next thing are these strung out 3rd graders, some who take meds that react to cannabis. Other cases involved kids taking their parent's pot to high school to sell. That puts them in violation of the drug-free zones and they wind up with a felony case in juvenile court that threatens to cross over into adult criminal court if their age is high enough. Then there is the case of the guy stopped in my state of Oklahoma. He had $200,000 mostly in pot candy. Gummy worms, gummy bears, fruit sticks, and all forms off fruit snacks with THC, up to 20 percent. It will be a test case for the state because he is a distributor of candy in California and he had traveled from the East coast where he got his supply. I'm saying that beer and liquor trucks will often travel through dry counties to deliver product. But this will be a new kind of case involving the US DEA. He's been charged with felony drug distribution which is a long sentence in federal prison. What bothered the agents most of all was the candy he was hauling are all the children's favorites in the form of pot candy. Its the same thing with all the gummy medicine and vitamins. Children are finding these things and taking them. ER's across the county are dealing with iron overdose, which has killed several young children. As you know, children have no off button so if they find a package of THC laced gummy bears, they will eat the whole package. That means the kid is strung out to the point of being a danger to themselves and siblings.

    July 21, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Jim

    Legalization couldn't come and sooner! Let's hope I get to enjoy the same freedom in my state before it's too late!

    July 21, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Fred Evil

    Drinking is still ok, though? Though alcohol increases aggression, confidence and seriously distorts judgement?
    Stupid.

    July 21, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Guest

    Come on, the reason smoke is not allowed in bars? Many people would choose to smoke over drinking. The alcohol industry would take a huge hit.

    July 21, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. gwtars

    @ActuallyDoesSmoke

    I'm an Independent, sometimes described as "left leaning", so most certainly not "conservative", and a Colorado resident that would love to see this on a ballot. The main point is that in a crowded bar, second hand smoke is not wanted, and as it was pointed out, opposed to cigarette smoke, can result in a false positive in a drug test. Simply the risk to the livelihoods of others is reason enough.

    As for smoking and driving, the one thing that you don't acknowledge is that THC reduces reaction time, which is just as bad as drinking and driving. One doesn't have to be "ripped out of their minds driving the wrong way down an interstate", all you have to be is stoned enough to not be able to react fast enough to avoid a collision. And, we have deer here. What happens when one jumps into the road, or heavens forbid, a pedestrian? The bottom line is that ability is impaired, full stop, end of story.

    Oh, one last thing: You mention "angry, out of control lunatics", well, the inane babbling and giggling of someone stoned out of their mind is equally annoying.

    So, yes, please, let's put this on a ballot, and let us vote on the issue. This Colorado resident will vote against allowing recreational pot use in bars. Smoke all you want at home, no problem, have at it, but leave it there.

    July 21, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Sniffit

    Perfectly reasonable. I dunno about CO, but at least here in MA they barred (pun shamelessly intended) cigarettes from bars and clubs and it caused some short-term temporary butthurt for only the most ridiculous of people (and I say that as a reformed smoker myself). It's not only a safety thing but a common courtesy thing.

    "As you know, children have no off button so if they find a package of THC laced gummy bears, they will eat the whole package. That means the kid is strung out to the point of being a danger to themselves and siblings."

    As you know, children have no off button so if they find a package of THC laced gummy bears, they will eat the whole package. That means the kid is going to take an epic nap.

    FIFY (nom nom nom)

    July 21, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Tom Bukowski

    Hey, who would want a laid back pot smoker getting in the way of an alcohol-fueled bar brawl?

    July 21, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Natalie

    The smell of marijuana makes me physically ill. It stinks and any bar willing to allow it wouldn't get my business.

    July 21, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Guest

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

    Bill, You probably are already around a bunch of potheads while you are drinking. How would you know? The people around you probably hide it from you. You sound like you are wound very tight.

    July 21, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    In Georgia, you can have guns in bars, but you can't have pot anywhere, (legally)

    I guess pot is too dangerous, in the eyes of our government. And even conservatives believe it is the duty of government to tell us how we can have our recreation. even in the (supposed) privacy of our homes.

    No help from the gutless Dems, either. You might think Barrie would take a stand.

    July 21, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Don

    I see absolutely no reason to legalize Pot. There are way to many uncaring parents in this world. Their children will be resiprents of that product. It will be carried to school and handed out like candy and why not. It resembles candy and cookies. What do you do with a HIGH student. Call the authoritys and let them deal with it.It seems to me that the only people I see at these rally's are hold overs from the HIPPY days. I realize that there are professionals the use as well. I sure hope I am not involved with any of them in business.

    July 21, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Ol' Yeller

    @ActuallyDoesSmoke

    "The comments here are the usual smattering of misinformation (food stamps comment), "

    Pay Chris no mind... he doesn't understand much of anything and is against the expansion of freedom a law such as this brings. The poor guy kills more brain cells watching faux news every night, than anyone has ever killed from smoking a little (or a whole lot) of pot over an entire lifetime.
    He just likes to hate on those less fortunate than himself (though his being from a red 'taker' state... he is probably afraid if the food stamps rolls go up, it will cut into his benefits).

    July 21, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Grumpster

    Well, isn't this a no brainer? The second-hand smoke could cause some to fail a drug test because of some other person's desire to get buzzed. Get buzzed in private....but not if it is going to get someone sacked.

    July 21, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Bill from GA

    Mike Land – " One side effect in the states that have legalized weed are the effects on the children "

    Where it is illegal, kids get pot as easily as adults.

    AND, how many kids get into their parents jello-shooters? Talk about deadly.

    July 21, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "Other cases involved kids taking their parent's pot to high school to sell. "

    You know, none of the things you describe are any different than kids misbehaving and getting into the liquor cabinet really...except that pot's far less dangerous and damaging (which of course is not to say I endorse it for kids lol). I think one of my favorite stories recently was the kids I some high school who had all gotten into "butt chugging" (look it up, horribly dangerous, etc.). Well, one way they decided to do this was to steal their mommies' t-pons, soak them in vodka and then use them as suppositories so they wouldn't smell like it while in class...totally got busted because they were acting all drunk....and ooooh how funny a situation that had to be as it came to light how they got that way haha

    July 21, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Mike Land

    One side effect in the states that have legalized weed are the effects on the children. Grandparents leave out the pot candy and kids get into it and take it to school to give to their friends. ... .... ....
    --------------------------------–
    Do you have any more delusional nightmare, doomsday scenarios to share with us?

    BTW, that would be the fault of the grandparents, not the law. What is it that the right wing always says? Oh, yeah. "Guns don't kill. People do." Did you realize that you're making the same argument against marijuana that many on the far left make against guns? I didn't think so.

    July 21, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Nate

    There are many jobs where the use of pot is against policy and you can get fired for it. If pot smoking moves to bars or anywhere public, your chance of inhaling it second hand and then it showing up in a test is great. This is not a problem with alcohol etc. So smoking in public place causing second hand inhalation is not good.

    July 21, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Mike, can you please provide links to any of the information that you cited regarding all these children eating 'Pot Candy' and/or taking it to school to all their friends.

    July 21, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Bill, You probably are already around a bunch of potheads while you are drinking."

    Heck, you probably have a lawyer or a doctor or a chiropractor or a dentist or a financial advisor or a broker or a [fill in the blank] who smoke it.

    You'd never know.

    July 21, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Chuck Hendrix

    @Bill from Ga. Gutless would be the Republican clowns that pushed HB 60 through the Georgia General Assembly against the will of the very people that voted for them, REPUBLICANS. Poll after poll showed most people were opposed to this insane gun bill but the GUTLESS Republicans passed it anyway. And do not give me the crap about Carter supported it. He like a lot of Democrats believed the House would reject the changes the Senate made to the original bill because they said they would not vote in favor of the bill if the Senate side changed it.

    July 21, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. FedUp2

    Like CA, the key word is "in" so there'll be a back deck for smokers for sure. As there already were in many.

    July 21, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. YUp

    I'm confused..

    July 21, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    I've always said legalize it... but it's the smoke that's nasty. Have a place where you go and munch some brownies? Go for it.

    July 21, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. ColoradoUnit

    As the article states, many of us in Colorado do not want the two to be mixed, though we agree both should be legal.

    The two are very different drugs in the way that people experience the "high" and we don't need a crowd that has been mixing the two, which most of the time would be the 18-25 year old crowd looking to get "blasted" at a bar anyhow.

    Marijuana cafe's tend to be very calm, relaxed and truly more like a Starbucks (including the clientele). There are usually people doing art, surfing the internet and having small conversations.

    Bar's are loud, and rowdy. It is hard to talk to people without yelling. There is booze spilled everywhere. We aren't looking to ban bars though.

    These two experiences do not mix well. Separate but equal works well for what we are looking for here in Colorado when it comes to Marijuana and Booze.

    July 21, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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