Poll: Colorado voters say pot has hurt state’s reputation


WASHINGTON, February 10, 2014 —Colorado voters believe that the law that made recreational use of marijuana legal has hurt the reputation of their state, but despite this belief, they still support the controversial law according to a new poll released Monday.

The Quinnipiac University Poll revealed a generation gap when it comes to the perception of the lenient marijuana law.

Overall, the poll found 51 percent of voters believed that since the law’s passage, others look less favorably upon the state and only 38 percent believe that the law has put the state in a more favorable light but among voters aged 18 to 20, 57 percent believe legal marijuana is good for Colorado’s image. Voters over the age of 65 were the most critical of the law, with 67 percent believing the law has hurt the states image.

Despite the concern that some residents have over the perception the law has brought to their state, 58 percent of those surveyed still support the law that was signed into law in May 2013.

Colorado’s recreational marijuana law allows adults aged 21 and over to grow up to six marijuana plants in their own home as well as carry up to one ounce of pot on their person.

Public consumption of marijuana remains illegal and driving under the influence is treated in the same was alcohol consumption is in the state.

The first stores selling legal, recreational marijuana opened on January 1, 2014.

At this writing, Colorado is the only state that allows retail locations for recreational marijuana, although Washington State is expected to follow suit in a few months.

The poll found that the readily available herb has not tempted too many Colorado residents with only ten percent having used marijuana since the retail shops opened on January 1, 2014 whereas 51 percent said they had used the drug prior to that date.

Voters seem happy with the law and feel like the right balance has been struck by Governor John Hickenlooper, who had originally opposed the law.

A large majority, 73 percent of the voters said that they did not care if their neighbor was growing some of their own marijuana plants but an even larger number, 81 percent would have a problem if they were allowed to have a larger number of plants.

Almost all of the respondents would not be comfortable riding in a car with a driver who had recently consumed marijuana.

The poll was taken between the dates of January 29 and February 2, 2014. The poll consisted of 1,139 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2.9 points.

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