After living with legal marijuana for a year the people of Colorado continue to believe legalization was the right move for their state. A new survey of Colorado voters by Public Policy Polling finds support for marijuana legalization essentially unchanged since 2012.
The poll found 53 percent of Colorado voters think that in general marijuana use should be legal, while only 38 percent think it should be illegal. This is nearly identical to the margin by which Amendment 64 which legalized marijuana was approved last year. That ballot measure passed 55 percent yes to 44 percent no. A year ago voters in Colorado legalized marijuana and after taking the reform for a test drive it seems almost no one who supported the measure regrets voting for it.
Not surprisingly opposition is still mostly concentrated among older voters. The poll found 64 percent of voters under the age of 46 back marijuana legalization while only 38 percent of seniors think it should be legal. This means support is likely to keep growing thanks to natural demographic replacement.
It will be interesting to continue to watch the polling after January when the first retail shops are set to open. Once that happens the people of Colorado should have a more complete experience with how legalization is going to impact the state.
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