Majority of Colorado voters say legal pot has been good for state: poll

DENVER Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:22pm EDT

1 of 2. A man holds a sign referring to Colorado legalizing marijuana with the state capitol dome in the background at the 4/20 marijuana holiday in Civic Center Park in downtown Denver in this April 20, 2013 file photo.

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DENVER (Reuters) - More than half of Colorado voters polled believe legalizing recreational marijuana has been good for the state but were unlikely to vote for a candidate for public office who regularly uses pot, a poll released on Monday showed.

The telephone survey conducted by Quinnipiac University showed 52 percent of some 1,298 voters polled this month view legalization as a positive for the state.

Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize the possession and use of recreational cannabis in voter initiatives in 2012, and the first retail pot shops opened in Colorado in January.

"Voters overall have a positive view of the Colorado marijuana experiment," the university said in a statement accompanying the poll results.

A majority think legalized pot will increase personal freedoms, and likewise do not think cannabis legalization has made Colorado roads less safe or "eroded the moral fiber" of the state, the poll showed.

Nearly half of those polled said they had tried marijuana, but just 15 percent said they have used pot since commercial sales have been allowed. But among Republicans and Colorado voters over age 65, some 68 percent said legalization has been bad for the state.

While the poll showed a majority of people support legalized pot, 52 percent said they would not vote for a candidate who consumes cannabis more than twice a week, said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll.

"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," Malloy said. "But if you are a politician, think twice before smokin' them if you got ‘em," Malloy said.

The same poll also showed that 61 percent of Colorado voters approve of same-sex marriage. A state constitutional amendment defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman, but civil unions are allowed under a law passed last year.

The poll, conducted between April 15 and April 21, has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Diane Craft)

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Comments (7)
TheNewWorld wrote:
I am still waiting for the people to freak out like the reefer madness video. Could the feds have lied the whole time about this? There is no chance that they just made this illegal because it was used mostly by minorities in the early 1900s right? No racists back then right? Just like heavier penalties for crack cocaine than cocaine, wasnt racist in nature either.

Apr 28, 2014 3:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
“Majority of stoned voters approve of….. like….. society, man.”

Just kidding. Props to Colorado for trying something different.

Apr 28, 2014 3:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Valorie wrote:
why do they always have to show someone smoking it?? When they discuss alcohol issues do they show people chugging alcohol? NO, they don’t even show that on commercials. It’s just another way to work people who don’t like or want it legal into a frenzy. Show some respect, imagination and class and just lead with a headline if you can’t show something more dignified.

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