According to a new poll released today by Public Policy Polling, a minority of voters in Colorado support an initiative to repeal Amendment 64, the cannabis legalization measure approved by voters in 2012. A majority of voters would reject such a repeal.
According to the poll, just 36% of voters say they support repealing Amendment 64. This is 9% lower than the percentage of voters who voted “No” on the initiative in 2012, indicating that a good portion of those who opposed the measure no longer do. The poll also found that a majority in the state – 56% – believe that legalization has has a good impact, or no impact, with just 39% saying that think it has had a negative impact.
As an example of how widespread the legal cannabis industry in Colorado has become, the survey found that 28% of voters say they have a friend, family member or acquaintance who works in the industry. 24% say they know someone who is consuming alcohol less because of cannabis.
“Coloradans can see that regulating marijuana works,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Voters approved Amendment 64 because they wanted marijuana to be controlled and taxed similarly to alcohol, and that is exactly what is taking place. It’s pretty clear that any proposal to repeal it and revert back to prohibition would go down in flames.”
The Public Policy Polling survey had 629 participants – all Colorado voters – and took place between August 31th and September 1st. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.
The full poll can be found by clicking here.