It has now been eight months since Amendment 64 officially went into effect in Colorado and the voters remain happy with their decision to legalize marijuana. Direct experience with legalization caused no noticeable change in opinions on the issue in either direction.
According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 54 percent of registered voters in the Colorado support the new law while 41 percent oppose it. From Quinnipiac:
41. As you may know, voters in Colorado passed a law legalizing marijuana for recreational use last year. Do you support or oppose this law?
AGE IN YRS.............. Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Support 54% 35% 73% 54% 54% 55% 74% 58% 50% 39% Oppose 41 63 24 39 41 41 21 39 44 56 DK/NA 5 2 4 7 5 4 4 4 6 4
Both the overall level of support and the demographic breakdown of the support remain basically unchanged since last November. Amendment 64 passed with 55.3 percent voting yes and 44.7 percent voting no. The amendment won thanks to strong support among young voters and Democrats.
The real test will not come until the beginning of next year. While the personal provisions of the law have been in effect over half a year, the commercial aspects won’t be implemented for a few months. Once the law is fully implemented the people of Colorado will have a chance to properly judge it.
So far, though, there has been zero popular blowback. Almost everyone who voted for it back in November continues to think it was the right decision.