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A plurality in Colorado now support legalizing/regulating marijuana (photo: El Tekolote / flickr)

Amendment 64, a ballot measure in Colorado to legalize and regulate marijuana narrowly leads in a new PPP poll of the state. According to the poll 46 percent of likely voters would vote for it, while 42 percent would vote against it. From PPP:

Amendment 64 is an amendment to theĀ  Colorado constitution concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for the licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores; permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities; requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund; and requiring the general assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. If the election was today, would you vote or against Amendment 64?

For ……………………..46%
Against ……………….. 42%
Not sure ……………… 12%

As with the recent poll of Washington State, there is a serious generational divide on marijuana legalization. Amendment 64 enjoys a plurality support among all age group under 65 but it is strongly opposed by seniors. Only 30 percent of voters over 65 support the initiative while 52 percent oppose.

The poll found slightly more support for the general idea of marijuana legalization than for this specific ballot measure. So 49 percent of Colorado voters “think marijuana usage should be legal” and 43 percent think it should be illegal. This divide is not surprising. There is often more support for general concepts than for specific pieces of legislation which can have particular provisions that potential supporters could disagree with. A good campaign on behalf of Amendment 64 should be able to close this gap as much as possible.

In comparison a poll from early this month by Rasmussen found that 61 percent of Colorado voters support marijuana legalization if the state is “regulating it in the similar manner . . . as alcohol and tobacco,” while only 27 percent oppose.