Marijuana legalization currently has a nine point edge in Colorado. Amendment 64, the ballot measure which would legalize and regulate marijuana, is now doing better than it was back in June. According to the newest survey of Colorado by Public Policy Polling, 47 percent of voters in the state plan to support the measure, while just 38 percent plan to oppose it. From PPP:
Amendment 64 is an amendment to the 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?
Not Sure….. 15%
Amendment 64 is winning by nine points, which is a good sign, but the biggest concern is that it is still polling just below the 50 percent mark because undecided voters tend to break against ballot measures.
The best news of the poll, though, is that it appears support has been improving as we get closer to the election. In June, PPP asked the same question and found the initiative winning by a much smaller margin, with 46 percent for and 42 percent against. By comparison, in 2010 Proposition 19, which would have legalize marijuana in California, only saw its support drop with ever successive PPP surveys as it got closer to the election.
If the campaign in Colorado continues to improve Amendment 64’s standing in the polls, or even simply maintain this currently level of support, the legalization stands a chance of winning this November in the state.