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New Poll Shows Support for Amendment 64 in Colorado is Growing
A new poll recently released by Public Policy Polling shows that likely voters in Colorado support of Amendment 64, a ballot measure that seeks the legalization and regulation of marijuana similar to that of alcohol, and it shows that the support appears to be growing.
The survey polled 779 likely Colorado voters earlier this month and shows 47% would vote for Amendment 64 if the election were held today and only 38% would vote against it. The other 15% of those polled said they were not sure.
A similar poll conducted in June showed 46% for and 42% against, a gap of 4 percentage points that is now a 9 point gap in favor. According to PPP, the increase comes from independents, who favored Amendment 64 49-40% in June and now favor it 58-28%. 59% of Democrats favor the measure, while 61% of Republicans oppose it.
When it comes to age, those under 45 favor the measure (58-30%) while those over 45 oppose it (44-39%).
Opponents of legalization in Colorado say these numbers need to be higher at this point for the Amendment to have a chance of passing. Time will tell, but I would rather have an amendment I support gaining in the polls than losing traction.
Not that PPP does the only polling on this issue in Colorado. A Rasmussen poll done in June showed 61% favoring Amendment 64, a good enough number to pass under anyone’s assessment.
In the end it is up to advocates to get out the vote and supporters to get to the polls. These issues are decided on election day, and no amount of polling can change that. If you support Amendment 64, spread the word, especially if you live in CO.
How Close is Marijuana Legalization?
Anyone who follows political trends can see the momentum for marijuana legalization growing. Every year the polls look better for advocates and every election cycle more and more states are considering cannabis law reform.
2012 may go down as the biggest year by far in the history of the movement. All thanks to the tireless efforts of countless advocates and activists.
The video below features a “senior political correspondent,” Andrew Whitman, interviewing Doug Fine, author of "Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution." The interview is followed by a panel discussion with show host Richard French, political journalist Dominic Carter and New York State Senator Greg Ball on the benefits and downfalls of legalizing marijuana.
These debates and shows are taking place all over the country. Just 20 years ago marijuana law reform was considered a fringe movement not worth anyone’s time. Not the discussion is everywhere, in just about every area of pop culture and in many political debates. Marijuana is well on its way to being just as accepted as alcohol, and considering it is a much safer substance, this is a great thing.
Washington's First Marijuana Legalization Commercial
The first television ad in support of I-502 which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in the state for adults over the age of 21, has just come out in Washington State. The ad is from New Approach Washington, the campaign behind the initiative.
The woman in the ad is personally against marijuana, but lists several reasons why it makes more sense to regulate and control the cannabis market. The ad is presumably aimed at women, who, according to polls, favor legalization less than men.
In addition to Washington, Oregon and Colorado also have marijuana legalization initiatives on their ballots. Which means it’s possible for legalization to be law in three states by next year.
How the federal government would react to that is anyone’s guess; this would also depend on who wins the Presidential election. President Obama might theoretically be willing to back off marijuana in a second term.
At least one state has to pass legalization to keep any kind of momentum in the movement. All three passing it would be nothing less than a huge slap in the face of the federal government.
Most importantly, adults in these states have a chance at a much greater measure of freedom.
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