November is fast approaching, and this year is especially important for everyone to get out and vote. Cannabis supporters specifically need to have a great showing, if we expect to add more recreational and medical states to the ever growing list. It certainly isn’t a sure thing, because every state is facing different challenges from activist groups that oppose marijuana use. California is looking very likely to legalize recreational use this year, but Michigan has officially taken it off the ballot for this November. With less than two months until the upcoming election, people from all around the country are looking to citizens of Colorado for feedback on what to expect from potentially legalizing recreational use. Colorado was the first state to vote to legalize cannabis back in 2012, and residents have seen those new laws implemented for the last 3 years. Cannabis in Colorado has certainly had its ups and downs, but according to a very recent study the majority of Coloradans don’t regret their decision to legalize pot.
In 2012 legalizing weed in Colorado was a very popular idea. Of course there were lots of people against it, but the cannabis advocates won the legalization vote by a pretty decent margin. Nearly 55 percent of voters said yes to legal weed, with only 45 percent being against it. Those numbers really aren’t bad at all for an issue that is thought to be this controversial. There have been some major bumps in the road since then, with massive recalls for illegal pesticide use and an increase in cases of children getting into edibles, but with the bad there’s been plenty good. Cannabis continues to bring absolutely incredible heaps of cash into the state through taxes and tourism, plus new laws and restrictions have been put in place to address issues as they arise. Overall, citizens of Colorado seem to still be happy with their decision from 2012. This new poll should be a good indicator for perspective states that legalizing cannabis is a good idea before, during, and after the election.
The new poll was commissioned by the pro legalization Marijuana Policy Project and was administered by the Democratic Firm Public Policy Polling. According to the results, 51 percent of those that took the poll would be against a measure to repeal Amendment 64. This might sound like a teetering public opinion, but keep in mind that 13 percent of respondents said that they weren’t sure, leaving only 36 percent in support of repealing the historic Amendment 64. Likewise, the poll showed that while only 47 percent of people were sure that legal weed had a good impact on their state, it still beats out the 39 percent that believe it’s been bad. The remaining 15 percent said that it had no impact or they were unsure, but these numbers definitely seem to be indicative of people starting to change their minds. Respondents were more positive when it came to the state’s economy. Only 19 percent claimed to believe cannabis negatively affected the economy, while 61 percent can’t deny the extra cash legal weed is bringing to their state. At this point, both the statistics and public’s opinion for legal weed in Colorado are on the positive side. Hopefully other states will jump on board this year and join Colorado’s continued success story