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July 21st, 2014
09:30 AM ET
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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. CO girl

    I wish folks (thinking you, Mike) would visit my home state and see how little changed it is. Pot smoking anywhere in public is banned. No one gets into a medical marijuana shop without a doctor approved, state issued red card. The medical marijuana immigrant population is growing because of careful state-approved research. I'm thankful to live in a state that allows me to use an oil-based tincture of marijuana to cover migraines and seizures resulting from a traumatic brain injury. There's more than one side to this story, friends.

    July 21, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    CarLease

    Imagine a truck driver falling asleep after 18 hours on the freeways now add cannabis to that on the freeways of CO with text messages and mobile phones while driving is like toddlers on video games instead of adults driving a motor vehicle.
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    I've seen far worse... ....right wing extremists confabulating all sorts of "what if" doomsday scenarios.

    July 21, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. BigJohn

    I agree with the majority, no pot smoking at bars. I am 110% for marijuana being legalized, but think we should discourage mixing of pot and alcohol. A lot of people don't want to smell it or inhale the secondhand smoke, and alcohol makes people do stupid things. Drunks who have never smoked pot will be smoking it because they are already drunk and it's being passed around, which isn't good. It just causes more impairment. It would be good for people to have a place to go smoke pot too though, a place with snack and coffee and and so on. Then if people want to smoke pot after leaving a bar, at least they'll be sobering up from the alcohol while they smoke their weed which diminishes the problem of combining the two a little at least. Hopefully more will skip the bar and just go smoke pot. They'd be less of a threat to the rest of us.

    July 21, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. frank thomas

    I live in the buckle of the bible belt in California and we cannot even buy or sell or grow legal medical marijuana in this county, of course this restriction has been challenged in court, one old bible thumping supervisor actually had a stroke when marijuana was being discussed at a supervisors meeting, Our holier than thou mayor, urged a yes vote on prop 8 and shudders at the thought of legalized marijuana, in2016 California will vote to legalize recreational marijuana , these politicians should light up and chill out.

    July 21, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The problem is you can drive after 1 beer you cannot drive after just 1 hit of pot.

    July 21, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    CO girl

    I wish folks (thinking you, Mike) would visit my home state and see how little changed it is. Pot smoking anywhere in public is banned. No one gets into a medical marijuana shop without a doctor approved, state issued red card.
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    Ummmmm... I thought CO legalized recreational use. Why are you talking medicinal?

    July 21, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. cribbooky

    You can spot the drunk drivers when they run the red lights. You can spot the pot heads when they wait for the stop signs to turn green.

    July 21, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    oh my gosh Colorado. Pandora's box has been opened in your state. The scary think is that studies show that chronic use leads to serious mental disorders. The widespread problem of marijuana-induced psychosis problems eventually will wake people up but by then too late to put back in the box.

    July 21, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. JT

    What is the point of keeping it illegal at concerts? I thought CO was supposed to be one of the few states that didn't pretend like nobody was in on the secret so to speak about pot – concerts are pretty much the only place where it's universially tolerated, even in the most intolerent states.

    July 21, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Loathstheright

    If you can't smoke tobacco in bars then same applies to marijuana...just makes sense.....as I light up a nice "LEGAL" bowl.

    July 21, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. smith

    This beyond dumb. If you can't smoke cigs in a bar then no pot either. What's worse is that second hand cigarette smoke doesn't get you high and won't cause you to fail a drug test. Glad to see the people of CO made the right choice.

    July 21, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Loathstheright

    Nobody here should believe Anonymous, it totally has no idea what it is posting about.

    July 21, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Anonymous
    The problem is you can drive after 1 beer you cannot drive after just 1 hit of pot.

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    Really? That must be some mighty powerful weed you're smoking, and some pretty weak beer you're drinking.

    July 21, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    Anonymous
    oh my gosh Colorado. Pandora's box has been opened in your state. The scary think is that studies show that chronic use leads to serious mental disorders. The widespread problem of marijuana-induced psychosis problems eventually will wake people up but by then too late to put back in the box.

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

    What "studies"? There have never been any legitimate "studies" of cannabis use in the United States.

    July 21, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    gwtars – " As for smoking and driving, ... THC reduces reaction time, "

    Cell phone use while driving also reduces reaction time.

    Maybe some studies are needed to evaluate the differences and similarities between various driving impairments: alcohol, marijuana, and non-drug distractions. Then laws could (should) be based on fact, and less so on prejudice.

    If the Federal government would remove its restrictions on marijuana, more research would follow. We need some bold leaders in Washington. They should also realize that a free country does not arrest 750 THOUSAND of its people each year without a really good reason.

    July 21, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    CO girl

    I wish folks (thinking you, Mike) would visit my home state and see how little changed it is. Pot smoking anywhere in public is banned. No one gets into a medical marijuana shop without a doctor approved, state issued red card.
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    Ummmmm... I thought CO legalized recreational use. Why are you talking medicinal?
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    I kind of got the impression that marijuana works as a sort of "rescue inhaler: for her headaches.

    July 21, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. ug

    I say put it in both.

    July 21, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Jerry

    People act like Marijuana just got here! The unqualified and Stupid remarks are proof of how Stupid people can be. I know people that have driven over a Million Miles and have never had an Accident or a Traffic Ticket!

    July 21, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. JC

    No pot in bars. But bring on the AK-47s. LOL

    July 21, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Iconoclast

    Oh yes brilliant logic. Seeing as how MJ is such an intoxicant. Lord knows we wouldn't want alcohol withholding the monopoly it already has on the public.

    July 21, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. fumes

    Too funny! Those who live under their beds cowering can come out now. It's safe. In fact it's more than safe: The stuff's good for you!

    ;-}-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    July 21, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Bill from GA

    Chuck Hendrix – " @Bill from Ga. Gutless would be the Republican clowns "

    In Georgia, repubs passed the gun law because the loudest of their supporters wanted it.

    If I wasn't clear, the 'gutless Dems' I refer to are in Washington. They will not even try to remove Federal penalties on pot. They take a stand for two guys getting married; it's their right. (And personally, I really don't care one way or the other.) But Obama, Biden, Hillary, none of the Dems are concerned that we are ARRESTING around 750,000 Americans each year for pot.

    July 21, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Dragonballs

    Good luck trying to enforce at home or at private clubs. Dopers are not known for being altruistic or law abiding. They are substance abusers and the only person they care about is themselves and getting high.

    July 21, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Al

    Does the law state where or where not pot can be smoked? If it does not state that in the bar it cannot be smoked then light them if you go them.

    July 21, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Mr. Spicoli

    Sorry, not gonna stop lighting up at places I have always done it before.

    July 21, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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