A Colorado ballot initiative to legalize limited possession of marijuana is still leading in the polls, but support appears to be eroding as the November vote approaches.
According to a Denver Post
poll of 614 likely voters, the measure still has support from 48 percent of those surveyed while 43 percent remain opposed to the measure. A similar poll last month found support for Amendment 64 to be at 51 percent with 40 percent opposed.
The falloff in support was registered primarily among women, the Post reported Monday, noting that a 10 percentage point gap recorded in last month's poll had narrowed to 8 percentage points in the survey taken last Tuesday and Wednesday.
The poll found that men continue to support the ballot measure in large part, as do younger voters.
Opponents of Amendment 64, which would "decriminalize" the use and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for people over 21 years old, expressed confidence that the measure would be rejected when voters finally go to the polls.
"If people understand what Amendment 64 does ... they will vote against amending the Colorado Constitution this way," No on 64 coalition spokeswoman Laura Chapin told the Post.
If the measure passes, people would also be allowed to grow a few marijuana plants in their homes. It would also legalize marijuana sales at specially regulated retail stores, but local communities would be allowed to ban those sales.
According to the Post, public consumption of marijuana would not be allowed under the measure.
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