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Colorado’s Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 64, Still Leading In Polls

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director September 4, 2012


    Statewide polling data from Colorado, just released by Public Policy Polling, shows support holding strong for Amendment 64, a ballot measure that aims to re-legalize and regulate the personal use of marijuana.

    From August 31st to September 2nd, PPP conducted a survey of 1,001 likely Colorado voters and found the plurality of them continue to support marijuana legalization. When polled on direct ballot language, 47% of Coloradans state they are supporting Amendment 64, with only 38% opposed and 15% undecided. This is unchanged from polling released last month. When simply asked if marijuana should be legalized, 49% responded yes, 43% were opposed, and 9% remained unsure.

    More information on this poll is available here.

    Learn more about how you can help the campaign in Colorado pass Amendment 64 and finally legalize cannabis at their website: www.regulatemarijuana.org

    You can view NORML’s 2012 Voter Guide, Smoke the Vote, here and learn all the ways cannabis comes into play in this fall’s election.

    49 Responses to “Colorado’s Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 64, Still Leading In Polls”

    1. john davis says:

      F.R.E.E. T.H. E. W.E.E.D !!!!!!!

    2. Dave says:

      Should of been legal when 1/3 approved. It isn’t like the stuff is dangerous or anything.

      I can’t understand why the courts have so consistently upheld these scams, oh I mean “laws”. Ditto for those retarded racist slavery laws–they were never legal in the first place.

    3. Hopefully it will pass with flying colors! I feel the more people spoken to and asked about legalization especially the unsure can hopefully turn into supporters of legalization!

    4. shawn says:

      This is actually very troubling news to me. There are still several months remaining, and while the number of “undecided” is shrinking, the number of “in favor” has changed very little.

      This says to me that the propaganda which the opposition created, is working. I hate to say it, but I’m just not seeing this one passing.

      On the other hand, I-502 the reverse is true, with what seems like more undecided voters supporting. Still, in Washington there are lots of undecided voters.

    5. Paul Pot says:

      GOOD NEWS!
      EVERYONE REGISTER TO VOTE FOR REFORM.
      WAR IS OVER!
      2012!

    6. Ohio I am says:

      One of the benefits of the poll results is that if the issue were to somehow fail,
      It would provide proof of rigged results.

    7. Miles says:

      Have you all seen Obama’s ad featuring Harold and Kumar? It seems to have pissed off a lot of people who see it as catering to the stoner crowd in spite of having been a complete hypocrite on the subject of marijuana since being elected.

      As for me, I’ve been waiting and hoping for a sign that maybe he’ll do the right thing if re-elected. I have to wonder if this is the sign!

      What do you all think about it? Is Obama someone we can possible bring ourselves to ever trust again???

      [Paul Armentano responds: Various mainstream media outlets, like Politico and the Washington Post, have run stories reporting on marijuana law reformers’ critical response to this commercial. There is also a parody of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hO5meenaso&feature=youtu.be.

    8. Victor says:

      Very proud of Colorado voters.

      I also carry good news, marijuana awareness has reached the Middle-East, in the strictest of nations regarding its use, if outside links are not allowed, I apologize, but this is HUGE, the fact someone posted such a thing on a Dubai news site (it’s in English):

      http://www.7daysindubai.com/discussions/regarding-immense-crackdown-internet-drug-Spice/discussion-16829079-detail/discussion.html

      Please support and comment!

    9. […] Colorado’s Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 64, Still Leading In Polls Statewide polling data from Colorado, just released by Public Policy Polling, shows support holding strong for Amendment 64, a ballot measure that aims to re-legalize and regulate the personal use of marijuana. From August 31st to September 2nd, PPP conducted a survey of 1,001 likely Colorado voters and found the majority of them continue to support marijuana legalization. When polled on direct ballot language, 47% of Coloradans state they are supporting Amendment 64, with only 38% opposed and 15% undecided. This is unchanged from polling released last month. When simply […] […]

    10. Tlc says:

      I wonder what the prohibitionist propaganda is in Colorado? Since it has been shown that the last thing someone hears has the greatest impact (the reason prosecutors get the last word in court trials during summation?), hopefully all the negatives will be countered aggressively the last month before the elections.

    11. Sean says:

      Don’t let the stoners against legalization crowd rip off the people of Colorado and Washington, like they did in California. Thanks to the stoners against legalization crowd, legalization in California is dead and buried.

    12. Cat Cassie says:

      What happened to the 49% or the 61% in support of amendment 64? This worries me too.

      [Paul Armentano responds: Nothing happened. You are comparing two different poll questions. A Rasmussen poll published in June reported that, philosophically, 61 percent of Coloradoans say they want marijuana to be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes. But this was a not a poll specific to A-64. Two separate Public Policy Polls have asked voters directly whether or not they favor A-64 and have consistently shown support for the measure to be in the high 40 percentile and leading by several percentage points.]

    13. reality says:

      i’m sorry to have to be the one who says it, but….

      we need a few people to be real about this. there was even a story here on norml that talks about the reality of things if any of these initiatives pass in any of the 3 states. it will still be in direct conflict with federal law. it is in federal law that it trumps any state law that is in contradiction with it. don’t misunderstand me, i want it to pass in all 3 as much as the next person. but if it does, it will be a hail storm for the courts.

      the reality is, this is not the final days of the war or prohibition. if any of these pass, they will likely be the opening salvos of the conflict. people need to realize this. i’ve heard countless people making plans to move if things do pass. it may be good for a short time, but it will not go into effect immedietly. then, there will be a state court order to postpone the enactment of the law until the feds can decide if it’s legal for the state to do this. then it will hit the supreme courts and someone will be a hero or a villian. they will likely choose the path of least resistance, and become OUR nemesis.

      what needs to happen is what is happening. word of mouth, surveys, post-propaganda re-education of prohibition victims that don’t know they’ve been lied to, polls…..all of it. again and again in more and more states. persistance is something that norml is all too familiar with. they’ve fought the good fight far longer than i have, and i’m guessing most others as well. stay the course and get it on more and more states with each passing year. clog up the courts with it? maybe, but i wouldn’t make that plan A. keep pressing the issue and have a majority rule by force the feds can’t ignore. remove the stigma and make it a political platform and not a political suicide.

      all i’m saying is if the vote passes, be prepared for the agonizing sound of millions of americans hearts silently being broken when they realize this is the beginning and not the end.

      [Paul Armentano responds: “it may be good for a short time, but it will not go into effect immedietly.” Actually, if A-64 is approved by voters in Colorado, criminal and civil state penalties regarding the possession and limited cultivation of marijuana for adults will be removed immediately. It is highly unlikely that the federal government will challenge this issue. It is possible that the federal government may try to interfere with other aspects of A-64 that seek to allow for the state-licensed production and distribution of cannabis. However, these separate provisions are not set to be imposed until at least one year after the measure’s passage, whereas the legal protections regarding personal use and possession kick in immediately.

    14. Dave says:

      Hey Reality, paranoid much?

      The War on Marijuana is just about over. As per the Supreme Court: “The federal government is currently blind to the wisdom of medical marijuana”. It is right there in front of us all.

      Medical Marijuana is Wisdom. I.e. you’re stupid if you are fighting against reform.

    15. Steve says:

      I really get sick of pearl clutchers/concern trolls such as “reality” and “shawn” spouting their defeatist rhetoric about cannabis law reform. The results in CO and WA are very promising. The CO initiative has a double-digit lead, and yet “shawn” and others are “worried.” The reform community has had a number of recent victories, including the election of Ellen Rosenblum for Oregon attorney general, and the fact that so many initiatives have even qualified for the ballot. Let the shawns and the realities of this world lie on their fainting couches and clutch their pearls, but I think that it is time that the reform community stand strong and walk with some swagger, and get out the vote! The time for legalization is now. Our side has the truth and the facts, and we have a historic opportunity this year. Don’t listen to the concern trolls, take get involved, talk to your friends and neighbors, and get out and VOTE!

    16. J.R. says:

      I live in Colorado and have been an advocate for legalizing for awhile now. I honestly think once the first state legalizes and results show benefits other states will quickly join in. However, it’s really not that easy. The difference between the 2006 ballot failure compared to 2012 A-64 amendment is tremendous. People here in Colorado have been exposed to the medical marijuana policies heavily over the past 6 years, and have noticed job creations, usage in teens down, as well as a slight downturn in crime. The first $40 million generated by A-64 will go towards public education, which to me is the most important part to point out to the undecided voters or nay-sayers. Everyone knows that for every MMD shut down two more re-open, it’s simple economics, and if A-64 passes i truly do not see the FEDS getting involved as much as people think.

      Overall, i could see this passing and i could see it not passing, but the main point to keep in mind is that America is slowly swaying in favor of legalizing and it is only a matter of time before the first state does so, proving it’s benefits and setting the stage for other states to follow. As much as i would like to see this pass, more people need to get involved on spreading the word and the truth about legalization here in Colorado. I’m about 40/60 on A-64 passing this November.

    17. Donald says:

      Free The People of Colorado! There needs to be an amendment that restricts city,county,and state police from helping the Feds locate,investigate,and arrest the medical people also. That needs to include dispensary videos and information also. Medical cannabis businesses need to be able to write off expenses as normal businesses do…Go Colorado!

    18. Concerned Fellow says:

      48% would be a plurality, not a majority. Just trying to help you out here,

    19. nerdgerbiler says:

      What about my medical weed? I like the way it is right now and when i called the regulate marijuana people the lady told me that my dispensary will not be affected negatively. If anything the price of high quality herb would go down. Does the initiative make it so any one, red card holder or not, would be able to go to any dispensary and get the same member benefits as a member? I use medical marijuana for glaucoma and i only get my medicine from one spot. My fear Is that the clinic will not be able to keep up with demand. Yes that does happen..

    20. St. Nick says:

      Legalizing in any of the 3 states will be like putting a final crack or 2 in the dam (you know, the DAMN war on pot?) Let the floods flow… Keep it going and making it better. Peace out.

    21. Jim says:

      The proponents for Proposition 64 in CO have four times the money than the opposition (government agencies and other special interests such as pot peddlers and organized crime).

      California passed medical cannabis. After, over eighteen states followed and passed similar measures.

      Colorado (and Washington) will pass recreational/medical cannabis, or cannabis for whatever reason, under personal discretion of free adults, up to possession of an ounce. And…other states will follow similarly, because the time has come and then past far too many times, over policy that is not only poorly reasoned but a source of problems in itself, while miserably enforced and disproportionately biased against traditionally under-privileged groups who cannot afford to secure justice in a legal system that favors those who pay into the lawyer-judge-court-prison money machine.

      As a travesty of justice, a paternalistic, oppressive and unjust law, the idea that a naturally growing and sustainable medicine and fiber is kept out of the hands of the people. This, in order to protect people from themselves, their own selves, and so enforced with extreme prejudice and inhumanely harsh legal penalties within a system of for-profit prisons

      Colorado is not yet inundated with those like in California’s population subgroup of commercial growers, dispensaries, drug dealers, and so on, that profit greatly from prohibition, the artificially inflated prices that result from banning a valuable commodity.

      Prohibition has never been policy created and inspired by the spirit of just law, seeking to protect the citizenry from harm. If so, then why not criminalize use of every other substance that doesn’t have as gleaming a track record as cannabis, of zero reported deaths in over 10,000 years of medical use. At the time humans took the first steps toward written language, they used drawing on cave walls, in order to convey messages. Messages about what is meaningful to them and their existence. From cave drawings to the first instances or recorded language, historical documents, cannabis has been described as medicine first–medicine as it’s primary description.

      Improper scheduling of cannabis under an arbitrary scale of danger/medical usefulness, hatched up by federal agencies, but are not, and never were, based on scientific evidence or potential harm, and allowed bureaucrats to wave off cannabis as a non-medicine, despite the growing evidence documented in considerable amounts of recent scientific studies, that report the contrary, that cannabis and its major psychoactive components is a medicine and has co-evolved with humans as much as the domestic dog.

      Instead, representative officials and federal agencies continue hiding behind a stonewall, parroting talking points/rhetoric/hypothetical depictions where legalization could lead to unbridled chaos and social collapse, a sky-is-falling, Pandora’s box is opening, sort of apocalyptic fantasy. This instead of just saying “it’s time to regulate all drugs.”

      It’s plain this calculated perversion of drug policy called prohibition, exists for self interests for very few individuals, yet greatly affects everyone else. Worse yet, the justification for such failed and corrupt policy and its consequences, the injustice, waste and misappropriation of resources, the draconian policy that mirrors public witch burning in its heavy-handedness or simply the telling of outright lies about cannabis, strategic and intellectually dishonest to maintain the status quo, yet fails to produce practical justification to continue business as usual.

      Prohibition a denial of human rights, like the freedom from pain without deadly side-effects, and the freedom from persecution for non-crimes, which are further punished excessively, like an insulting rebuff of the principle that the punishment should fit the crime.

    22. Rick S. says:

      No matter what……….California was first to bring the legalization thing to the voters .

    23. C says:

      They are going to do it!

    24. johnny t says:

      this is awesome im moving there next year hopefully so i can get out of the south which is a shithole and full of conservative dipshits

    25. Sean says:

      Rick S: You brag that California was the first to bring legalization to a vote. That was in 2010. It’s now 2012, and California has seemed to walk away from legalization. You need to get off your laurels.

    26. Sean says:

      Nerdgerbiler: You like it the way it is right now? You like seeing people going to jail for the same thing that you are doing medically? Your disease is not glaucoma, it’s your heart. How dare you!!!

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    49. Reio88 says:

      Vote YES – take it out of the hands of wealthy growers and dispensaries, put it BACK in the hands of the people. Friends grow for friends – non profit. Erase the cash cow.

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