A majority of Colorado voters support a ballot measure to legalize limited possession of marijuana, according to a new Denver Post poll.
The poll found that the measure, Amendment 64, has the support of 51 percent of likely voters surveyed, compared with 40 percent opposed. Men favor the measure more than women, a common gender split on the issue. But 49 percent of women polled said they support the measure, compared with 39 percent who said they are opposed.
Across every income bracket and in every age group except those 65 and older, more voters told pollsters they support the measure than oppose it, though some of the leads fall within the 4-percentage-point margin of error. Voters younger than 35 support the measure by a margin of 30 percentage points, 61 percent to 31 percent, according to the poll.
The automated telephone poll was conducted Sept. 9-12 for The Post by New Jersey-based SurveyUSA. About 26 percent of those questioned were cellphone-only users, who were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. Of voters included in the sample, 34 percent said they are Republicans, 34 percent said they are Democrats, and 30 percent identified as unaffiliated voters.
While several previous polls have found more support for Amendment 64 than opposition, the Post’s survey is the first independent poll to find more than 50 percent support.
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[The] challenge for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, who across the country is courting the young voters who support marijuana legalization while [the administration remains] opposed to the policy change.
In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention, Obama’s campaign released a video intended to connect with young voters that featured actors John Cho and Kal Penn. The pair are best known for playing the titular stoners of the marijuana-laced “Harold and Kumar” movie franchise. While the video was a hit with some supporters — “Such an awesome video Mr. President,” one commenter wrote on YouTube — it incensed marijuana activists who saw it as hypocrisy.
The conflict is particularly acute in Colorado, not only because of Amendment 64’s presence on the ballot but also because the Justice Department has recently begun taking action to shut down medical-marijuana dispensaries near schools. Banks in Colorado, fearful of federal regulations against working with illegal businesses, have refused to do business with state-legal medical-marijuana businesses.
HMJ will be reporting on Amendment 64 through the election. More on this story HERE.
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