A poll was released this week by Public Policy Polling which showed that a growing number of voters in Colorado are in favor of Amendment 64, a measure that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol.
The PPP polled 779 likely voters in the state between August 2nd and 5th. 47% of those polled said that they would vote to approve Amendment 64 if the election were held today, and only 38% would vote against it. 15% of those who were polled were unsure of what they would do.
In June, individuals were surveyed and asked the same question. Then, 46% of those polled approved of Amendment 64, while 42% opposed it. This shows a great amount of progress for the initiative, which continues to gain steam as the November General Election nears.
According to the PPP, the increase in support for the amendment can be attributed to an increase in independents and young voters. Among independents, 58% of those polled approved of Amendment 64, while only 28% were against it. 58% of voters under 45 support the amendment, while only 30% are against it. However, only 26% of Republicans approve of the amendment, while 61% are against it.
The poll specifically asked the question, “Amendment 64 is an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for the licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores; permitting local governments to regulate of prohibit such facilities; requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund; and requiring the general assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. If the election was today, would you vote for or against Amendment 64?”
In addition, the survey also asked, “In general, do you think marijuana usage should be legal or illegal?” 50% of voters stated that it should be legal, while 42% stated that it should be illegal. 8% were not sure.
A different poll conducted in June by Rasmussen showed that 61% of Colorado voters were in favor of legalizing marijuana, but this poll’s support numbers are the highest the PPP has seen in their own polls thus far.
Colorado voters had the opportunity to legalize marijuana in 2006, but it was rejected by voters. However, advocates believe that support for legalization has grown drastically in the state over the last 6 years as voters have become more educated about the benefits of marijuana.