July 21st, 2014
09:30 AM ET
8 years ago

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.

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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. Richard Hode

    Of course. Marijuana is sinful, not wholesome like guzzling booze.

    July 21, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Smarter than ewe

    As a pot smoker, I agree with this ruling.

    July 21, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Sashatree

    Legalize it. Now. For any use. By any adult. Solve our debt problems. Alcohol is FAR more dangerous than pot will EVER be - it's just fact.

    July 21, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Sashatree

    Legalize it. Now. For any use. By any adult. Solve our debt problems.

    July 21, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. salty dog

    Dare one say, Chris, if anyone needed a couple puffs, I nominate you, I'm afraid of what the others would do if they learned to enjoy themselves .lol ole yeller

    July 21, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    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.
    Pres. Obama did take a stand, Bill. He and the Democrats tried to pass "common sense" gun control legislation, but the far right wing killed it in the Senate with vetoes, and the House wouldn't even take it up. Where've you been?

    July 21, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. 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.

    July 21, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Paul

    Smoking tobacco is prohibited in bars and restaurants in Colorado. Wouldn't this include smoking pot as well?

    July 21, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Mancy Grace

    Does that mean no more lighting up at Red Rocks when Phish, or Snoop Dogg play?

    July 21, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Didn't any of you see the movie " MaryJane Kills " , the sequel to Refer Madness? what's next Micro Reefer Beers and Reefer Vodka , Reefer Pizza ?

    July 21, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Skalamoosh

    For all you comparing the effects of alcohol to marijuana when aruguing you should be able to smoke in bars... you're missing the point. Many people could care less about your weed need, and have thus okayed it to be legal. However, just because you are legally able to smoke doesn't mean I should have to smell weed everywhere I go as a non-smoker. The same can be said for cigarettes, which is why there is no smoking allowed in bars. It's not about the persecution of potheads. It's simply about being able to enjoy myself out on the town in a bar, club, bowling alley, etc.. without having to get contact high or leave the bar smelling like I have been smoking joints. It's a very pungeant odor as you are well aware. It's simple. Just go outside and smoke like the smokers of cigarettes do. Even then, you still drag the smell back into the place with you, but there's nothing anyone can do but put up with that I suppose.

    July 21, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. cathyinca

    It doesn't really matter what the poll says, the Colorado Clean Indoor Act would never allow smoking, of any kind, in restaurants, bars, etc.

    July 21, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Ol' Yeller


    "I see absolutely no reason to legalize Pot (and you don't have to, but many people would like 'freedom' to be more than just a word sarah palin constantly shouts to gin up people who have no clue what it actually means). There are way to many uncaring parents in this world(yes, there are). Their children will be resiprents of that product (Uh... okay.) It will be carried to school and handed out like candy (yup... no pot in schools now) and why not. It resembles candy and cookies (only if you make it that way). What do you do with a HIGH student (hahahaahaha... why do you think they call it High school?). Call the authoritys and let them deal with it (Yea... tell the Principal. While we are at it, let's cut their pay or their budget because they don;t do anything anyway) .It seems to me that the only people I see at these rally's are hold overs from the HIPPY days (Cool, man... peace and be groovy. Beats the heII out of the folks running around with guns talking about the 'tyranical' government. BTW- What were you doing at a pot rally?). I realize that there are professionals the use as well (Oh, yes... more than you know). I sure hope I am not involved with any of them in business. (Hope away, Don.... hope away)"

    Hahhahaahahaaha... your post made me laugh out loud!

    July 21, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. crabman1

    whats the big deal -– smoke out side - pretty simple

    July 21, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. LOL

    Lol @ alcohol... Cause we all know alcohol fueled rage is a myth >.>

    July 21, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. just asking

    please, no smoking ==> anything <== in a bar or club. i don't want your smoking stench on my clothes or in my lungs. i can't get away from it if it is in the air that I must breath. go outside with the cigarette and cigar smokers. i respect your right to smoke so please respect my right to breath clean air.

    July 21, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Al Mahany

    Like tobacco, there is second hand smoke involved. You can't subject others to your second hand tobacco smoke unless you are at home or in a tobacco club. Why should pot be any different?

    July 21, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. mrkhrrs

    Smoking Pot still produces second hand smoke. Drinking booze, only impacts the person drinking it. This is the right decision.

    July 21, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Felix

    Pot heads always have to compare weed with booze in order to justify weed.

    July 21, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Tony D

    Legalize it. Now. For any use. By any adult. Solve our debt problems

    You are definitely smoking way too much of it if you think it can solve our debt problems! As the post above shows, smoking this weed has a dumbing, as well as numbing, affect on the users.

    July 21, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Red

    In ten years we are all going teel kind of silly about how we made fun of Colorado legalizing pot.

    July 21, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Red

    In ten years we are all going to teel kind of silly about how we made fun of Colorado legalizing pot.

    July 21, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. CRG

    The best thing that has happened in recent years is the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. This ban needs to include pot as well as tobacco. Are Americans so ignorant they think there is a difference? From the comments I read on various issues on the CNN site, I believe they are.

    July 21, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. LeglizHemp

    concerts at red rocks are so cloudy now you can't see the stage. JK

    July 21, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. geno marcello

    Treat marijuana just as you would treat alcohol, and let people smoke it where they want. This stigma against this herb should never have been done in the first place.

    July 21, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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