At the same time Colorado legislators were approving a bill to impose new restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries, a near majority of Colorado voters were telling theRasmussen Report poll they favor legalizing and taxing pot. Some 49% of respondents said it should be taxed and legalized, while 39% disagreed and 13% were undecided.
As well-known Colorado marijuana activist Mason Tvert of SAFER noted in theHuffington Post this week, legal weed is polling higher than any of the state’s contenders for the governorship or the US Senate. No senatorial candidate is polling higher than 48% and no gubernatorial candidate is polling higher than 47%.
Tvert has already filed a legalization initiative with state authorities, but up until now, it was seen mainly as a placeholder while Tvert and others were looking ahead toward 2012. That could change now — there is still time to get on the ballot this year — but most experienced initiative organizers say a measure should begin with around 60% support.
The numbers are higher than in 2006, when a legalization initiative lost with 41% of the vote. But activists would like to see them go higher still.
Rasmussen found that most men supported legalization, while most women did not. Democrats and independents supported legalization, while Republicans did not.
The poll was taken May 10 and sampled 500 likely voters. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5%, with a 95% level of confidence.