51 to 38 is a pretty lopsided score by most measures, and that’s why pro-cannabis residents in Colorado can point to this recent poll and say “scoreboard.” 51% of respondents to the recent Public Policy Polling questionnaire said they were in favor of legalizing marijuana compared to only 38% who were against the idea. It’s a pretty significant result, considering at least one marijuana legalization initiative figures to find its way onto Colorado ballots next November.
The poll question was very simple: “Do you think marijuana usage ought to be legal or illegal?” Legalization scored higher with every age group except those 65 or older, and even then 36% of seniors thought it was a good idea. That’s a decent head start for groups who hope to bring The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 to a vote during the general election. The concept is pretty obvious just from the title of the Act, but basically it means anyone over 21 could legally consume cannabis, which would be taxed just like alcohol.
It looks like they’ve built a solid coalition out there in support of the Act.
Supporters of marijuana policy reform from across Colorado and around the country have formed a broad and continually growing coalition in support of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the statewide initiative to end marijuana prohibition in 2012.
No single organization or individual is heading the effort. Rather, a wide variety of activists, organizations, professionals, businesses, and others came together to carefully draft the strongest and most viable ballot initiative possible.
Reform leaders within Colorado, including those from Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) and Sensible Colorado, have established the Colorado Alliance for Marijuana Reform to serve as a hub for the effort. The coalition also includes the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and the Women’s Marijuana Movement, among others.
Keep your eyes (most of the way) open, Colorado greenies: you could help make this a reality.
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