A new poll released today from Quinnipiac University has found that Coloradans continue to support legalization – and that support is only growing.
The poll surveyed 1,139 registers Colorado voters, and found that a majority of respondents were generally in favor of cannabis legalization, and specifically Amendment 64 (A64 was the constitutional amendment passed in 2012 that legalized recreational cannabis in the State of Colorado). Of those surveyed, 58% said they support the legalization of cannabis – up from 54% when Quinnipiac conducted a survey asking the same question in August of last year.
The number of those who opposed legalization dropped from 41% to 39%, and the number of people who “didn’t know” where they stood on legalization dropped from 5% to 4%.
Respondents were also asked if it would it bother them if one of their neighbors was growing cannabis in their home, and a vast majority (73%) said “No,” it would not bother them. There was no demographic, based on age, gender and voting party, that responded as a majority against it.
One particularly notable outcome of the survey was the response given when participants were asked, “Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself ever happened to try marijuana?” Particpants replied that 51% had tried cannabis, 47% had not, and 2% “didn’t know” or declined to answer – the exact same results as the poll from August of last year.
These results offer strong implications that, despite prohibitionist conjecture that legalization could increase usage rates, legalizing cannabis does no such thing.