In the same week that Colorado lawmakers approved a bill increasing regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries, 49 percent of the state’s voters say the drug should be legalized and taxed.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 39 percent do not think marijuana should be taxed and legalized in Colorado. Another 13 percent are undecided.
Men in Colorado are much more supportive than women of legalizing the drug in their state.
Most Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major political party support legalizing and taxing marijuana. Most Republicans do not.
The statewide survey of 500 Likely Voters in Colorado was conducted on May 10, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Support for this legislation in Colorado is almost identical to results found in California.
A year ago, 41 percent of voters on the national level supported legalizing and taxing marijuana to help solve the nation’s fiscal problems.
Colorado has allowed the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes for several years, and polling on the national level shows 63 percent of Americans believe patients should be allowed to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor. Fifty-one percent (51 percent) of adults nationwide say alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, while 19 percent disagree and say the opposite is true.
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