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Colorado favors legalization

Rasmussen: 61% in Colorado Favor Legalizing, Regulating Marijuana

… and it’s in an important Presidential election state.

Here are the marijuana-based questions that they asked in the poll:

5* Should it be a crime for people to smoke marijuana in their own home or the home of a friend?

6* Would you favor or oppose legalizing marijuana and regulating it in the similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated today?

7* Suppose that marijuana was legalized and regulated so that it was illegal for people under 18 to buy, that those who drove while under the influence of marijuana received strict penalties, and that smoking marijuana was banned in public places like restaurants. With such regulations in place, would you favor or oppose legalizing and regulating marijuana?

8* Suppose that, if marijuana was legalized and regulated, it could be sold only in pharmacies. Drug dealers who sold marijuana on the street would be subject to strict jail sentences. Would that reduce the number of drug dealers in the country?

9* If marijuana was legalized and regulated, but could be sold only in pharmacies, would you favor or oppose legalizing and regulating marijuana?

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14 comments to Colorado favors legalization

  • Francis

    And only 27% opposed. The prohibitionist fringe just keeps getting smaller.

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  • claygooding

    Francis,when a prohib sticks his head up and four or five couch monsters attack his entire ideology and false science based claims it gets harder and harder to engage them. They are emulating the drug czar now,,they drop their lies and scurry back into their caves and lick their wounds from the last encounter.

    As Stormcrow told me Sat,,just keep doing what we are doing,,the numbers are climbing faster now because the people we have reached through ours and many others challenges to the propaganda machine are awakening America,,,finally,,,now to get Johnson/Gray in the televised presidential debates,the icing and the hacksaw rolled into one cake.

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    • B.Snow

      It’s kinda easy when you point out that our last 3 Presidents, and all sorts of folks from every walk of life like = 12 Gold Medal Olympic Swimmer Micheal Phelps, just to name one person nobody would’ve have suspected of smoking it = until there was ‘photo finish’ evidence…

      My only concern of last is that they’ll try to turn-around all the recent fighting against racial profiling/”stop & frisk” in NY, by a pseudo-”affirmative action”, and try to ‘take the racism out of it’ (yeah, right) = making sure they stop & lock up plenty of white kids too – while they’re at it.

      Although that could easily accelerate them issue when those people families, see the law effect someone they know – or they get stopped themselves?

      You get the idea, right??

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  • Dante

    Call me a cynic, but in 20 years, with 73% of the population supporting legalization, it will still be prohibited?

    Why? As Hillary says, there’s just too much money in it.

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

    It’s no longer just dirty cops, it is the whole freakin’ government.

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  • Outlier

    Some very positive numbers. One thing I’ve been concerned about is a repeat of Prop 19 in California. The polls there were all looking great until the last month around the time Eric Holder opened his mouth and said that the Feds would vigorously enforce Prohibition in California if 19 passed. Given these numbers 1) I don’t think such a statement would have a significant impact and 2) I don’t think Obama can risk having a big public statement like that when Colorado is a swing state to be decided by a few points. Hopefully this provides a nice fundraising boost to the folks at Yes on 64.

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    • Duncan20903

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      California never saw a poll with in excess of 60% in favor.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_19_%282010%29#Polling_history
      Only 2 polls on that list broke 55%. One came in at 39% and just as a curious aside was conducted at the same time that one of the 56% polls was taken. One thing that I’ve learned in the last year or so is that Public Policy Polling appears to present the most accurate results. Check that list, their final poll just days before the election showed 44% in favor, 51% opposed, and 5% undecided. The actual vote came in at 53.5-46.5 which was within the margin of error. PPP’s poll taken July 23-25 showed 52% in favor, 36% opposed, and 12% undecided.

      You might also consider the fact that the General Assembly decided to decriminalize petty possession of cannabis in the middle of the campaign. It can be argued that the decrim law made it “safe” for a lot of voters to cast against Prop 19. Don’t underestimate the irrational fear of “drug dealers” in the minds of many swing voters.

      In the meantime, our side of the table is very pleased by the selection of Ken Buck as the front man for the opposition. Evidently Mr. Buck is a true foaming at the mouth sadomoralist who women hate on general principal.
      Ken Buck to lead campaign against marijuana legalization

      “We welcome the news that Ken Buck has been selected to be one of the public faces of their campaign,” said Betty Aldworth, advocacy director for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

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      • Benjamin C

        Another thing that certainly helped seal Prop 19′s fate was the California print media. in the weeks leading up to election day, virtually all major newspapers in CA published separate “no on 19″ editorials.

        An interesting aside to this was that the general tone of these editorials was not “Marijuana legalization is bad so we oppose Prop 19,” but something closer to “Marijuana legalization is continuing to gain support but Prop 19 has not not been designed carefully enough, so we must oppose it.” You read into that several different ways. I saw it another clear signal that debate, at least in some parts of the country, has already progressed from “should we legalize?” to “how should we legalize?”

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  • Pricknick

    They lost me at only in pharmacies.
    Will dispensaries be licensed as pharmacies, or do we need to mix the good with the bad and count on walgreens?

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    • darkcycle

      Pn, no licensed pharmacist can dispense illegal drugs. The pharmacist would have to be employed by the State, and would not be recognized by the Board of pharmacy (IIRC). Walgreens wouldn’t touch it either, I’m pretty sure. I’m not sure how they will work that one out.

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    • Duncan20903

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      Wahhh! Wahhh! The potheads got all sorts of money for their campaign from outside of the State! Wahhh! George Soros! Wahhh! Peter Lewis! Wahhh!

      AG Eric Holder urged to oppose Colorado marijuana ballot issue

      The next word for our contestants in the spelling bee: prohibitionist.

      Sorry, that’s wrong! The correct spelling is h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e. But thanks for playing!

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  • Duncan20903

    Ellen Rosenblum will be sworn in as interim AG in Oregon on June 29, 2012. linky

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