MJ Ballot Measure Favored By Colorado Voters

Aug 11, 2012

A new poll released this week by Pub­lic Pol­icy Polling shows that likely vot­ers in Col­orado are in sup­port of Amend­ment 64, the bal­lot mea­sure that seeks legal­iza­tion and reg­u­la­tion of mar­i­juana sim­i­lar to that of alco­hol — and that sup­port appears to be grow­ing. The sur­vey of 779 likely Col­orado vot­ers con­ducted between the dates of August 2nd and 5th shows 47 per­cent would vote for Amend­ment 64 if the elec­tion were held right now and only 38 per­cent would vote against it. 15 per­cent of those sur­veyed were “not sure.” Read PPP’s full report and see the question’s word­ing here: http://​www​.pub​licpol​i​cy​polling​.com/​p​d​f​/​2​0​1​1​/​P​P​P​_​R​e​l​e​a​s​e​_​C​O​_​0​8​0​8​1​2​.​pdf The poll also sug­gests sup­port is grow­ing for Amend­ment 64 in the Cen­ten­nial State. Back in June, PPP con­ducted a sim­i­lar poll and those in favor of the legal­iza­tion mea­sure nar­rowly out­paced the oppo­si­tion 46 per­cent to 42 per­cent. Now, two months later, that sup­port has grown to 47–38. The rea­son for this, accord­ing to PPP, are the inde­pen­dent and young vot­ers who are increas­ingly in favor of legal­iza­tion. From the PPP report: This move­ment is entirely because of inde­pen­dents, who were already in favor of the amend­ment by a 49–40 mar­gin; they now sup­port it by 30 points, 58–28. Democ­rats are still slightly more in favor (59−22) than Repub­li­cans opposed (26−61). Vot­ers under 45 sup­port it by a 58/30 mar­gin, while those over 45 oppose it by a 44/39 mar­gin. This is the high­est per­cent­age of Col­orado voter sup­port for Amend­ment 64 that a PPP poll has shown to date. The sur­vey also showed growth in gen­eral sen­ti­ments about mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion with 50 per­cent of those sur­veyed in favor of mar­i­juana usage being legal and 42 per­cent in oppo­si­tion to mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion (8 per­cent were “not sure”). This per­cent­age is also slightly up from June’s sup­port at 49–43. How­ever, Amend­ment 64′s oppo­nents at “No on 64″ say that this per­cent­age of approval is sim­ply not high enough to pass. From a press release: Bal­lot mea­sures usu­ally require a much higher level of sup­port at this point in an elec­tion cycle because the default posi­tion for most vot­ers is no, espe­cially when it comes to amend­ing the Col­orado Con­sti­tu­tion. In Octo­ber 2008, a Mason-Dixon poll found Amend­ment 59, a school fund­ing pro­posal, at 41% approval. It failed 55. An Octo­ber 2010 poll by Sur­veyUSA for The Den­ver Post and 9News revealed that 20% of polled vot­ers sup­ported the “per­son­hood” Amend­ment 62, while 56% were opposed and 25% were unde­cided. Amend­ment 62 failed 70. Another 2010 bal­lot mea­sure, Amend­ment 63, an attempt to under­cut the Afford­able Care Act, also failed 53. But sur­vey results often rely on ques­tion word­ing and mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion has seen other higher poll num­bers recently. PPP’s sur­vey fol­lows a June Ras­mussen poll of 500 likely Col­orado vot­ers which showed 61 per­cent were in favor of legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana if it is reg­u­lated the way that alco­hol and cig­a­rettes are cur­rently reg­u­lated. Col­oradans are get­ting ready to vote on Amend­ment 64 and will decide whether Col­orado should legal­ize mar­i­juana this Novem­ber — a vote that some say could affect the pres­i­den­tial race in a state where mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries in Den­ver alone out­num­ber the Star­bucks through­out the entire state, The Den­ver Post first reported in 2010. This will be the sec­ond time Col­oradans will vote on recre­ational pot leg­is­la­tion — state vot­ers con­sid­ered and rejected a sim­i­lar recre­ational pot legal­iza­tion ini­tia­tive in 2006. But Mason Tvert, co-director of the Cam­paign to Reg­u­late Mar­i­juana Like Alco­hol, believes that Col­orado has come a long way since 2006, he recently told The Huff­in­g­ton Post: More Col­oradans than ever before are aware of the fact that mar­i­juana is not as dan­ger­ous as they have been led to believe and is actu­ally far less harm­ful than alco­hol. They have also seen first­hand via our med­ical mar­i­juana sys­tem that it is pos­si­ble for the state and local­i­ties to reg­u­late and con­trol the pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of mar­i­juana. They have read sto­ries that quote law enforce­ment offi­cials acknowl­edg­ing that it has not con­tributed to crime or caused any sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems. The envi­ron­ment here has changed dra­mat­i­cally. The mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion ini­tia­tive also recently received sup­port from both Repub­li­cans and Democ­rats — in March, 56 per­cent of the del­e­gates at the Den­ver County Repub­li­can Assem­bly voted to sup­port the leg­is­la­tion, and in April, the Col­orado Demo­c­ra­tic Party offi­cially endorsed Amend­ment 64 and added a mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion plank to the cur­rent party plat­form. Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Matt Ferner, The Huff­in­g­ton Post Pub­lished: August 10, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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