Is Colorado Having Second Thoughts About Legalization?

Colorado’s experiment with the recreational legalization of marijuana has generally been deemed a success. Tax money is rolling in. Cannabis isn’t taking over the public schools. And, so far, it doesn’t appear that stoned driving is any more of a problem than it was before the first recreational sales began in January.

However, a new poll by Suffolk University finds that some citizens in the Centennial State are having second thoughts about their 2012 decision to fully legalize it.

An ever so slight majority, 50.2 percent, of the 500 “likely” voters questioned said “they do not agree with the decision to legalize recreational marijuana,” according to a new statement from the school.

Suffolk found that 46 percent back legalization.

More people “do not approve” of how Colorado officials are implementing legalization that than those who do, at a rate of 49 percent to 42 percent, the poll found.

David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said:

Although it’s a close split overall, opposition comes mainly from women statewide who oppose it fifty-six percent to forty-one percent and additional pushback from voters over fifty-five years of age. This is offset by younger voters between eighteen and forty-five who still support it by a twenty-point margin.

Keep in mind, though, that a sample size of 500 is sometimes frowned upon in statistical circles. Most respected surveys go with sample sizes of 1,000 or more randomly chosen people. On top of that, Suffolk says it questioned likely voters, not registered voters, which could also skew the results.

The school says the survey has an error rate of +/-4.4 percent which, in the case of the marijuana questions, could reverse the results or at least render them almost meaningless.

The 420 Times

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