Poll: Support for Marijuana Legalization Climbing

CHICAGO, IL — The percentage of Americans who “think the use of marijuana should be legal” has increased dramatically over the past ten years and now stands at a record high, according to polling data compiled by the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey.

The survey has tracked adults’ opinions on legalizing marijuana since the early 1970s.

The survey reports that 57 percent of adults support legalization, up from 32 percent in 2006. That is the highest…

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Poll Finds Voters Support Marijuana Law Reform By Record Numbers

WASHINGTON, DC — Record numbers of voters support regulating the marijuana market and oppose federal efforts to interfere or undermine state laws permitting the plant’s use or sale, according to nationwide polling data released this week by Quinnipiac University.

Ninety-three percent of voters — including 96 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of Republicans — support “allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes,” the highest total ever reported in a…

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Record Numbers of Voters Support Marijuana Law Reform

HAMDEN, CT — Record numbers of voters support regulating the marijuana market and oppose federal efforts to interfere or undermine state laws permitting the plant’s use or sale, according to nationwide polling data released Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Ninety-three percent of voters — including 96 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of Republicans — support “allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes,” the highest total ever reported…

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Half of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, 82% Support Medical

Medical marijuana patients shopping at a cannabis dispensary. (Sonya Yruel/Drug Policy Alliance)

NEW YORK, NY — Half of Americans continue to support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, and just over 8 out of 10 support allowing medical marijuana.

According to the Harris Poll released Wednesday, 82% of Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, up from 81% last year.  Meanwhile, 50% of Americans support legalizing marijuana for…

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Latest Polling Information for the 2016 Marijuana Related Ballot Proposals

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On Tuesday, November 8, nine states will be voting on marijuana related ballot proposals potentially doubling the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and expanding the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans. Here’s where these measures stand in the latest polls.

Arizona: According to an October Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite poll, 50 percent of registered voters in Arizona favor Proposition 205 and 42 percent oppose it. The…

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Election 2016: Marijuana Law Reform Takes Center Stage

Election-2016

This Election Day is shaping up to be a watershed moment for efforts to end marijuana prohibition, with five states voting on marijuana legalization and four more on medical marijuana. The results are expected to have major ramifications for marijuana law reform in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and even internationally.

A recent nationwide Gallup poll found that a record 60 percent of respondents support legalizing marijuana, but polls on this year’s…

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Values Survey: 63 Percent of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal

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Sixty-three percent of Americans age 18 and older favor making the use of marijuana legal, according to national polling results compiled by the Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Survey.

The percentage is the highest ever reported by the poll, and marks a 30 percent increase in public support for legalization since 2014.

The poll possesses a margin or error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

The results come only days after separate surveys released by…

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Gallup: Record High Percentage Of Americans Back Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana grows legally in Colorado. (Brett Levin via Flickr)

Marijuana grows legally in Colorado. (Brett Levin via Flickr)

Sixty percent of Americans believe that “the use of marijuana should be legal,” according to nationwide polling data released Wednesday by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by the polling group, and represents more than a doubling in public support over the past two decades.

The data closely follows the release of polling data compiled by the Pew Research Center showing…

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Pew Poll: Public’s Attitude Shifts Dramatically In Favor Of Marijuana Legalization

Pew Poll: Public’s Attitude Shifts Dramatically In Favor Of Marijuana Legalization

Nearly six in ten Americans now believe that marijuana use ought to be legal and only about one in three favor continuing to criminalize the plant, according to nationwide survey data published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents say “The use of marijuana should be made legal,” the highest percentage of Americans ever to answer the question affirmatively in a Pew poll. Only 37 percent of respondents disagree with legalization.

The percentages mark a dramatic shift in public opinion over the past…

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Marijuana Legalization: Recreational Use Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Marijuana Legalization: Recreational Use Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

WASHINGTON, DC — Voters are supportive of five pending ballot measures that seek to regulate the adult use and sale of marijuana, according to recent polling data compiled in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

Half of Arizona voters intend to vote ‘yes’ in favor of Proposition 205: The Arizona Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. Forty percent of voters oppose the initiative. The Act allows adults age 21 and older to possess and to privately…

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Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Voters favor legalizing the adult use of cannabis in the five states where the issue will appear on the ballot this Election Day. Here is a summary of the latest polling data.

ARIZONA: Half of Arizona voters intend to vote ‘yes’ in favor of Proposition 205: The Arizona Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. Forty percent of voters oppose the initiative. The Act allows adults age 21 and older to possess and to privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (up…

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Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in Massachusetts

Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA — Support for a proposed ballot question to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana for adults in Massachusetts continues to grow, according to recent polling data.

A new WBZ-UMass Amherst poll released Wednesday found 53% of Bay State voters favor Question 4, while only 40% were opposed to the measure.  Seven percent remain undecided.

Wednesday’s poll reflects an increase in support for the proposal, which is among several legalization campaigns sponsored by the Washington, DC – based Marijuana Policy Project…

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California Marijuana Legalization Prop 64 Leading in Polls

California Marijuana Legalization Prop 64 Leading in Polls

California voters support Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, by nearly a two to one margin, according to the latest poll released Friday.

The latest Field Poll/Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley found that 60% of likely voters support the measure, with just 31% opposed and 9% undecided.  Findings of the poll are in line with other recent polling, suggesting Prop 64 is likely to pass in November.

field-poll-results-9-23-16Democrats, liberals and voters living in coastal communities were the most likely to support the…

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Polls Find Support for California Marijuana Legalization Proposition 64

Polls Find Support for California Marijuana Legalization Proposition 64

The majority of Californians support the passage of a proposed ballot initiative to regulate the use, production, and retail sale of cannabis to adults, according to several recent statewide polls.

Seventy-one percent of Californians say that they are leaning toward voting ‘yes’ on Proposition 64: the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, according to polling data compiled by the CALSPEAKS Opinion Research Center at Sacramento State. Public support in the poll was highest among those between the ages of 18 and 34 (84 percent), Latinos (81…

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Poll: Massachusetts Voters Likely to Approve Legalizing Marijuana

Poll: Massachusetts Voters Likely to Approve Legalizing Marijuana

BOSTON, MA — A new poll released this week finds enough support among Bay State voters to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts this November.

According to a WBUR Poll released Tuesday, Massachusetts voters support Question 4 by a margin of 50% to 45%.

Democrats were more likely to support legalization, with 53% in favor and 41% opposed.  Independent voters narrowly approve of the proposal, 48% to 47%. Republicans, on the other hand, narrowly oppose the measure, 49% to 48%.

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Poll: 2/3 Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales of Marijuana to Adults

Poll: 2/3 Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales of Marijuana to Adults

More than two in three California voters support the establishment of a state-regulated retail market for the sale of marijuana to adults, according to polling data compiled by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sixty-four percent of respondents agree, “Marijuana should be legal for adults to purchase and use recreationally, with government regulations similar to the regulation of alcohol.”

Support is strongest among those between the ages 18 to 24 (75 percent), Democrats (74 percent), African…

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Two-Thirds of Americans Say ‘Efforts To Enforce Marijuana Laws Cost More Than They Are Worth’

Two-Thirds of Americans Say ‘Efforts To Enforce Marijuana Laws Cost More Than They Are Worth’

Sixty-five percent of Americans ages 18 and older believe that “government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth” and 55 percent of respondents say that the plant’s use ought to be legal, according to national polling data compiled by YouGov.com.

Those living in the western region of the United States (65 percent), Hispanics (64 percent), Democrats (63 percent), and those under 30 (63 percent) were most likely to endorse legalizing marijuana use. Republicans (45 percent), African Americans (44 percent), and…

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Poll: Majority of Americans Say Make Marijuana Legal

Poll: Majority of Americans Say Make Marijuana Legal

HAMDEN, CT — The majority of US voters believe that the adult use of cannabis ought to be legalized, while more than nine in ten Americans endorse allowing its use for therapeutic purposes, according to the results of nationwide polling data provided by Quinnipiac University.

Fifty-four percent of respondents say that the “use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States.” Support for legalization is strongest among those age 18 to 39 (69 percent), Democrat voters (65 percent), Independents (61 percent), and males (60…

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Poll: Swing State Voters Favor Marijuana Legalization

Poll: Swing State Voters Favor Marijuana Legalization

Solid majorities of voters in the swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania support the legalization of marijuana for adult use, and super-majorities in Florida and Ohio support efforts to medicalize the plant, according to polling data provided today by Quinnipiac University.

Fifty-six percent of Florida voters believe that state law ought to allow “adults to legally possess for personal use small amounts of marijuana.” Only majorities of self-identified Republicans and respondents over the age of 65 oppose legalization.

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CBS Poll: Majority Of Americans Say ‘Marijuana Use Should Be Legal’

CBS Poll: Majority Of Americans Say ‘Marijuana Use Should Be Legal’

Fifty-six percent of Americans say “Marijuana use should be legal,” according to the results of a nationwide poll commissioned by CBS News. The percentage is the highest ever reported by news agency.

Only 36 percent of respondents said that they opposed legalization.

Seventy-one percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 said that marijuana use ought to be legal, an increase of 10 percent since CBS posed the question last year. Among those age 35 to 64, 57 percent of respondents backed legalization, while only 31 percent of…

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AP Poll: 61% of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana Use

AP Poll: 61% of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana Use

CHICAGO, IL — Over six in ten American adults believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to nationwide polling data provided by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By contrast, only seven percent of respondents supported the legalization of other illicit substances, such as cocaine.

Of those respondents who supported legalizing marijuana, 43 percent endorsed imposing regulations with regard to how the substance is sold. Thirty-three percent opposed any regulation of the plant, and 24…

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Poll Finds 82% of Illinois Voters Support Medical Marijuana

Poll Finds 82% of Illinois Voters Support Medical Marijuana

CARBONDALE, IL — More than four out of five Illinois voters support medical marijuana use, according to a new poll released Monday.  The same poll found a slim majority oppose legalizing recreational use of cannabis, however.

According to the poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 82% of Illinois voters support legalized medicinal marijuana in Illinois. Only 16% were opposed.

This represents an increase of 19 points since the same poll asked a similar question in 2013, when…

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Latest Poll Finds 78% Support Medical Marijuana In Iowa

Latest Poll Finds 78% Support Medical Marijuana In Iowa

DES MOINES, IA — Over three quarters of Iowa residents support legalizing medical marijuana in Iowa, according to the latest poll released last week.

According to the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 78% of adults support medical marijuana in the state, up from 58% support two years ago.  The poll, however, found much less support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana, with only 34% of adults in support.

The findings are consistent with other polls recently conducted in Iowa, which continue to show strong support for…

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Latest New Hampshire Poll Finds 62% Support Marijuana Legalization

Latest New Hampshire Poll Finds 62% Support Marijuana Legalization

Only 20% of Granite State residents want to continue arresting marijuana users

MANCHESTER, NH — Less than a month after the New Hampshire House killed a pair of marijuana legalization proposals, a new poll has found that a strong majority of residents support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults.

According to the Granite State Poll — conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and sponsored by WMUR-TV — released Tuesday, 62% of residents surveyed support legalizing marijuana for adults.  Forty-one…

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Over 60% of New Mexicans Support Legal Marijuana Sales

Over 60% of New Mexicans Support Legal Marijuana Sales

SANTA FE, NM — More than three out of five New Mexicans believe that state law ought to be amended to permit retails sales of marijuana to adults, according to statewide polling data provided by Research & Polling Inc. and commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance.

Sixty-one percent of respondents said that they supported legislation to regulate and tax retail sales of marijuana to those age 21 and over. Respondents’ support rose to 69 percent when pollsters indicated that sales taxes would be used to fund health-related programs.

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Majority of Maryland Voters Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol, Poll Finds

Majority of Maryland Voters Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol, Poll Finds

A majority of registered Maryland voters believe that cannabis use should be legally regulated in a manner similar to alcohol, according to statewide polling data provided by Gonzalez Research & Marketing Strategies and commission by the Marijuana Policy Project.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said that they favor a change in state law “to allow marijuana to be regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol, for legal use by adults 21 years of age and older.” Forty-three percent of those surveyed opposed legalization.

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Majority of Americans Continue to Support Legalizing Marijuana

Majority of Americans Continue to Support Legalizing Marijuana

WASHINGTON, DC — A majority of Americans, including two-thirds of Democrats, believe that marijuana should be legal for adults, according to nationwide survey data compiled by YouGov.com.

Fifty-two percent of respondents said, “[T]he use of marijuana should be legalized.” Only 34 percent of respondents opposed the idea.

Support for legalization was strongest among self-identified Democrats (66 percent), those with a household income of $100,000 or more (62 percent), and African Americans (59 percent). Support was weakest among Hispanics…

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Utah Poll Finds Strong Support for Medical Marijuana, Especially Among Older Adults

Utah Poll Finds Strong Support for Medical Marijuana, Especially Among Older Adults

Most adults 45 and older support legalizing medical marijuana in Utah, while those aged 18-24 were opposed.

Six out of ten Utahns support allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana in Utah, according to a new poll released Monday.

The poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates for UtahPolicy, found 61% support of legalizing medical marijuana in Utah.  Only 36% were opposed.

Pollsters asked 624 adults “Do you favor or oppose legalizing medical marijuana, prescribed by licensed doctors?”

Of those polled, 35% answered that they…

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Poll: Majority of Voters Support Legalizing Adult Use of Marijuana

Poll: Majority of Voters Support Legalizing Adult Use of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, DC — Fifty-five percent of registered voters believe that the personal use of marijuana should be legal, according to national tracking poll data compiled by Morning Consult – a Washington DC consulting firm. Thirty-eight percent of respondents polled said that they oppose legalization and eight percent were undecided.

Majorities of both men (57 percent) and women (52 percent) said that they support legalization. Among registered voters between the ages of ages of 18 and 44, over 60 percent endorse legalizing…

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Gallup: Support For Legalizing Marijuana At Historic High

Gallup: Support For Legalizing Marijuana At Historic High

WASHINGTON, DC — Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to nationwide polling data released today by Gallup.

The percentage ties the highest level of support ever reported by Gallup, and is more than twice the level of support reported in the mid-1990s.

Younger Americans, Democrats and independents are the most likely to favor legalizing cannabis, while Republicans and Americans over the age of 65 are least likely to do so. Among those poll respondents age 18 to 34, 71…

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New Gallup Poll: Support for Legalizing Marijuana at 58%

New Gallup Poll: Support for Legalizing Marijuana at 58%

Majority Favors Marijuana Legalization for 3rd Consecutive Year; Millennial Support at 71%, Older Generations More Supportive Than in the Past

WASHINGTON, DC — According to a new Gallup poll, a majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58% in support, tying the high point in Gallup’s 46 years of polling on the subject. These results are consistent with other state and national polls, both public and private, in recent months.

With 7 in 10 young adults supporting legalization, and senior…

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Swing States: Super-Majorities Endorse Medical Cannabis Access, Men Support Broader Legalization

Swing States: Super-Majorities Endorse Medical Cannabis Access, Men Support Broader Legalization

HAMDEN, CT — Super-majorities of voters believe that medical cannabis should be legal, and most men additionally support legalizing marijuana for all adults, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University Swing State poll.

Pollsters gauged support for marijuana law reform in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Florida voters backed legalizing cannabis therapy by a margin of 87 percent to 12 percent. A majority of male voters (57 percent) also supported broader legalization, while only 49 percent of women agreed.

Reform advocates are…

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Poll: Less Than 20% of Texans Want Jail Time for Marijuana Possession

Poll: Less Than 20% of Texans Want Jail Time for Marijuana Possession

AUSTIN, TX — Nearly three out of four Texans support reforming the Lone Star State’s current marijuana laws, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday.

According to an independent statewide poll conducted earlier this month by the Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan, nonprofit statewide leadership group, just under 75% of those surveyed believe that marijuana should either be legalized or decriminalized.

The poll found that among Texas adults, only 19.5% are opposed to both the legalization and/or the decriminalization of…

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Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in New Hampshire

Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in New Hampshire

DURHAM, NH — A growing number of adults in New Hampshire support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll released Thursday.

According to the Granite State Poll released Thursday, sponsored by WMUR-TV and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 60% of adults in New Hampshire support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, with only 35% opposed.  The remaining 5% were neutral or unsure.

The poll’s findings represent an increase since a similar Granite State Poll released in May, which found 54% in favor of legalization.

If marijuana were to be legalized in the Granite State, 70% of those polled approve of selling it at licensed retail outlets and taxing it, similar to how alcohol is sold.

Support for decriminalizing marijuana in New Hampshire is even…

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Poll: 4 in 10 Americans Have Tried Marijuana

Poll: 4 in 10 Americans Have Tried Marijuana

WASHINGTON, DC — More than four out of every ten Americans admit to having tried marijuana at least once, a new poll has found.

The Gallup poll conducted in July found that 44% of Americans say they have tried marijuana. This is the highest percentage Gallup has found since it began asking the question in 1969, when only 4% admitted to having tried it.

The poll also asked respondents if they currently smoke marijuana, with 11% saying they do, up from 7% in 2013.  In comparison, a separate question in the poll found that 19% of…

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(Another) Poll Finds Nearly All Pennsylvania Voters Support Medical Marijuana

(Another) Poll Finds Nearly All Pennsylvania Voters Support Medical Marijuana

LANCASTER, PA — Yet another poll has found that nearly all Pennsylvania voters support legalizing medical marijuana in the Keystone State, while a bill that would do just that has been blocked in the House by a single state representative who disagrees.

The latest poll, conducted by the Floyd Institute’s Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College and released Thursday, finds 87% of Pennsylvania voters favor the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.  Among those polled that support medical marijuana, 67% said they “strongly favor” it.

“We’re talking a majority of people in both parties, male or female,” said political science professor G. Terry Madonna, who conducted the poll. “Virtually every demographic, every region of the state. You can’t…

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Poll: 53% of Arizona Residents Support Marijuana Legalization

Poll: 53% of Arizona Residents Support Marijuana Legalization

PHOENIX, AZ — A majority of Arizona residents support legalization, and an overwhelming majority support the medical marijuana research of a recently terminated researcher from the University of Arizona, a new poll has found.

According to the Rocky Mountain Poll conducted by the Behavior Research Center of Arizona and released Wednesday, 53% of Arizona residents support legalizing marijuana for personal use – a finding almost identical with a national Pew poll released earlier this year.

Strongest support for legalizing marijuana…

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Poll: No Buyer’s Remorse over Marijuana Legalization in Colorado

Poll: No Buyer’s Remorse over Marijuana Legalization in Colorado

DENVER, CO — Nearly six out of ten Coloradans say that they support keeping retail marijuana production and sales legal, according to statewide polling data released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

The figure is a five percent increase in support since voters approved the law in November 2012. A September 2014 statewide NBC News/Marist College poll previously reported that 55 percent of Coloradoans favored the law.

Men and younger voters were most likely to support legalization. Voters ages 18 to 34 overwhelmingly favored state law (86 percent to 16 percent) while 50 percent of those ages 55 and older opposed it.

Male voters supported the legalization by a margin of 63 percent to 33 percent, while women only favored the law by a margin of 53 percent to 44 percent.

The gender gap in…

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