Survey: Coloradoans support legalizing recreational pot

Coloradans would legalize marijuana for recreational use, a recent Rasmussen poll revealed. The telephone survey of 500 likely voters taken May 10, reported 49 percent would dispense with state laws prohibiting the drug, 39 percent opposed legalization and roughly 13 percent were undecided.

The poll came out the same week lawmakers passed legislation further regulating the burgeoning medical marijuana industry here.

Rasmussen reports that men in Colorado are “much more supportive than women of legalizing the drug” and that most Democrats and unaffiliated voters support legalizing and taxing marijuana while most Republicans do not.

Support for this legislation in Colorado is almost identical to results found in California.

A year ago, 41% of voters on the national level supported legalizing and taxing marijuana to help solve the nation’s fiscal problems.

Colorado has allowed the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes for several years, and polling on the national level shows 63% of Americans believe patients should be allowed to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor. Fifty-one percent (51%) of adults nationwide say alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, while 19% disagree and say the opposite is true.

Colorado and California are leading the nation in the move to legalize pot. Both states have seen medial marijuana dispensaries proliferate and millions of dollars in tax revenue created just over the past year from the trade. Local governments in towns like Breckenridge have legalized recreational pot use. The present patchwork of laws has signaled both the end to the era where pot was a fully illegal drug and the beginning of a new era in need for new statutes to give clarity to users and to government taxing and law enforcement agencies.

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