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Tue Apr 29, 2014, 09:44 PM

Majority in CO glad the state legalized marijuana


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.

"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.

Those divisions match the national polls regarding marijuana, as well. Republicans and the elderly (who generally have less experience with marijuana now or in the past) are the only real oppositional blocks to legalization.

A Quinnipiac University poll, released April 28th, found that, three months into legal sale of marijuana in the state, the majority of residents have a positive view of legalization.

Voters overall have a positive view of the Colorado marijuana experiment:

Voters support the law legalizing marijuana 54 - 43 percent;

49 percent of voters admit they've tried marijuana, but only 15 percent admit using it since it became legal January 1;

Driving has not become more dangerous because of legalized marijuana, voters say 54 - 39 percent;

Legalized marijuana will save the state and taxpayers a significant amount of money, voters say 53 - 41 percent;

Legalized marijuana will have a positive impact on the state's criminal justice system, voters say 50 - 40 percent;

Legalized marijuana "increases personal freedoms in a positive way," voters say 53 - 44 percent;

Legalized marijuana has not "eroded the moral fiber" of people in Colorado, voters say 67 - 30 percent.


Nevertheless, two highly publicized deaths that have been linked to marijuana edibles have caused regulators to look at serving sizes for edibles to reduce the amount of THC in edibles or to make smaller serving sizes possible from one edible purchase (which may contain 10 servings of THC in one product - to limit THC to 10 mg. per edible or section of edible.


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