Poll: Most Coloradans want to keep marijuana legal

Maat Kahn behind the counter at Simply Pure. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Nick Poll behind the counter at Simply Pure. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Maat Khan behind the counter at Simply Pure in Denver. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

People around the country might have thought Colorado voters were high when they approved Amendment 64 in 2012, making the state the first to legalize recreational marijuana.

A new poll from the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project, however, finds most state voters don’t regret the decision.

The poll, conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and exclusively released to The Cannabist, shows 51 percent of respondents said they would oppose a measure to repeal Amendment 64, while 36 percent would support such a measure and 13 percent weren’t sure.

Similarly, most voters believe legalizing pot has benefitted the state.

“When asked about Amendment 64’s impact on Colorado, 47 percent said legal cannabis has been good for the state while 39 percent said it’s been bad, 9 percent said it’s had no real impact and 6 percent weren’t sure,” The Cannabist reports.

Marijuana Policy Project declined to give Denverite a full copy or synopsis of the poll results. A press release with more information will likely come in the next few days, a representative of the Washington, D.C.-based organization said.

The new poll might be one more factor for voters in states weighing marijuana legalization to consider. The presidential nominees also are looking to Colorado as they set the policy on marijuana for the country.

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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Adrian D. Garcia

Author: Adrian D. Garcia

Adrian D. Garcia covers business and trends for Denverite. He's covered business for The Fort Collins Coloradoan and serves as treasurer for the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.