New Poll: Coloradans favor marijuana legalization ballot measure
DENVER — Medical marijuana dispensaries are legal here in Colorado and voters may take this a step further in November.
A Denver Post poll, which surveyed 615 adults, showed that 51 percent of Colorado voters said yes to a ballot measure to legalize limited possession of marijuana, while 40 percent said no.
Those surveyed were asked specifically about Amendment 64, which would legalize personal use of marijuana for those 21 years and over as well as regulate the growing and selling similar to that of alcohol.
These findings are not surprising to Mason Tvert, who works with “Campaign to Legalize Marijuana Like Alcohol.”
“Polls have been showing for months now that Coloradans have been ready to end the marijuana prohibition. It’s an ineffective wasteful policy that has caused far more problems than good,” said Mason Tvert.
Some voters we talked with agree and believe Amendment 64 could also help Colorado economically.
“I think it would bring in a lot of money to the state if they just made it legal,” said Chelsea Secord.
On the other side of the debate, a group opposed to the legislation “Smart Colorado,” doesn’t believe voters will pass this measure come November. Spokesperson Laura Chapin thinks that’s a good thing.
“When all of a sudden you’ve got this explosion in the availability of recreational marijuana, that means more kids are going to have more access to it,” said Laura Chapin with Smart Colorado.
And some parents we talked with agree.
“As a mom I want my kids to be safe, I want to be able to help her understand the right choices to make,” said Janelle Bergquist, a mother and Colorado voter.
While this poll suggests that voters will support Amendment 64 right now, this may not be the result come Election Day.
In 2010, a similar poll in California suggested voters would support the legalization of marijuana, but ultimately that measure failed with 54 percent opposing it.