Most Colorado Voters Say Legal Marijuana Is Good
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Most Colorado Voters Say Legal Marijuana Is Good
Posted by CN Staff on November 21, 2015 at 08:38:56 PT
By Janie Velencia, Associate Polling Editor
Source: Huffington Post
Colorado -- It's been almost two years since Colorado regulated recreational marijuana for sale, and according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday, a majority of the state's voters support the decision and say its outcome has been good.Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters surveyed support the law that legalized marijuana in 2012 and officially regulated the sale of the drug in 2014. Forty-one percent stand opposed. Slightly over half of Coloradans think the outcome has been good for the state, while 39 percent say it's been bad.
While a majority of voters support the law and approve of its outcome, the issue continues to divide voters along partisan lines. More than 7 in 10 Democrats back the law, while almost an equal proportion of Republicans oppose it. Similarly, the number of Democrats who say it's been good for the state is about the same as the number of Republicans who say it's been bad. The survey also found men and women divided on the issue, with 60 percent of male respondents saying legal marijuana has been a good thing, versus 45 percent of female respondents. Younger people also express more support for the law than older generations. Public sentiment on marijuana legalization has been consistent since Colorado passed its law in 2012. Fifty-four percent of Coloradan voters supported the law in an August 2013 Quinnipiac poll, compared to 55 percent in the most recent poll.  Legalization has been good news for the state's budget, too. In the last fiscal year, Colorado collected $70 million in tax revenue. In fact, the state collected more than was legal, due to a cap on state tax collection, and considered returning some of the revenue to citizens. However, voters approved a ballot initiative on Nov. 3 to allow the government to keep the extra funds. Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,262 Colorado voters using live interviews on landlines and cell phones from Nov. 11-15.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Janie Velencia, Associate Polling EditorPublished: November 20, 2015Copyright: 2015, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Oleg the Tumor on November 27, 2015 at 11:41:14 PT
There are (at least) two issues going on here.
Issue A:  What kind of testing needs to be devised to reveal cannabis' true impact on perception, motor skills and reaction time? Issue B:  What specific list of grievances could and should be produced by those who oppose legalization? They should be heard that we might make answer. So long as Mary Jane is still regarded as "the elephant in the room" at the federal level, expect more of the same in Colorado and elsewhere. 
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on November 26, 2015 at 06:02:36 PT
Colorado Juries
People in Colorado and those on the juries now have more experience with cannabis and now have their own knowledge base to drawn from and therefore can see that being under the influence of cannabis and being drunk are to different things. They do not agree with some arbitrary number that they know is completely unjustified and unjust. Good for them.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on November 24, 2015 at 17:08:12 PT
Comment 1 The GCW
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 24, 2015 at 06:36:38 PT
Colorado is happy to stop prohibitionists.
Not only do Colorado citizens continue to support ending cannabis prohibition, We are getting more and more hip to close cannabis prohibition discrimination opportunities that are still in place. -or prevent new ones that come up... which harm innocent citizens.If someone is honestly too impaired to drive, ok, get them off the road... but but but...-0- Colorado Juries Keep Letting People Go for Driving on Weed, Prosecutors and Cops are FuriousCitizens of Colorado are increasingly employing the use of jury nullification to keep innocents people out of cages - and it's driving prosecutors crazy.
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