One of the biggest questions that will be decided by voters in Colorado tomorrow is Amendment 64, which would legalize marijuana under state law. The final polling of the initiative shows its chance of passage is extremely close. Two polls find support for the marijuana legalization ballot measure hovering right around the 50 percent mark needed to win approval.
Also on the Colorado ballot in November is Amendment 64, which would decriminalize marijuana in Colorado. If you were filling out your ballot right now, would you vote Yes on 64? Or No on 64?
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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?
According to the SurveyUSA, among the roughly 60 percent of the electorate that had already voted at the time of their poll Amendment 64 is actually losing 49 percent to 48 percent, but it has strong support among people who plan to vote on election day.
Given how close the polls are the fate of Amendment 64 will all come down to turnout tomorrow. If those young voters who support marijuana legalization turnout in large numbers tomorrow the measure should narrowly pass, but if they don’t it will likely fail.
The chances are good that the voters of Colorado will make history by legalizing marijuana tomorrow, but it is going to be a real nail biter.