Colorado Ballot Measure Eyes Legalization of Marijuana

Monday, 05 Nov 2012 09:39 AM

By Katie Lotman and Patrick Hobin

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Among the more high-profile ballot items in swing states is a proposal in Colorado that would legalize limited amounts of marijuana.

The measure has the support of half of Colorado voters in a new Denver Post poll, while 44 percent oppose it.

"Passage would be driven largely by the support of younger voters, who sometimes are less reliable, turnout-wise, than are older voters," wrote the polling firm SurveyUSA, which conducted the survey for the Post. "Older voters oppose Amendment 64, and if the amendment should go down to defeat, it will be because younger Coloradans talked the talk but did not walk the voting-booth walk."

Colorado joins Washington and Oregon in voting on marijuana measures. Polls show the Washington initiative is likely to pass. The states would be the first in the country to legalize at least some marijuana possession for any purpose.

Colorado’s amendment would permit a person 21 and older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana, provide licensing for cultivation facilities, manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores. Under the measure, the sale of marijuana would be taxed and the first $40 million in revenue raised would be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund.


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