Cannabis Buyer’s Remorse? Not in Colorado

Four years after voters approved Amendment 64, do Coloradans regret legalizing cannabis? Not according to a new poll that shows the majority of voters in the state, 51 percent, would oppose repealing the amendment if it were to appear on the ballot.

When asked about Amendment 64’s impact on Colorado, 47 percent said legal cannabis has been good for the state while 39 percent said it’s been bad, 9 percent said it’s had no real impact and 6 percent weren’t sure.

Marijuana’s impact on the state’s economy reported higher levels of approval: 61 percent said the impact has been positive — and 19 percent said it’s been negative, 14 percent said there has been no impact and 6 percent weren’t sure.

The poll was commissioned by the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project and conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

Since legalization, Colorado has seen a drop in violent crime, increased tax revenue going to schools, new jobs, and a booming economy.

Despite how Coloradoans feel about legal cannabis, anti-marijuana groups and politicians who want to maintain prohibition see marijuana as some kind of doomsday catalyst. In March 2015, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called tax revenue generated from the sale of recreational marijuana “blood money.”

In an interview last year, presidential candidate, Donald Trump, said, “I think it’s bad and I feel strongly about it. They’ve got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado, some big problems.”

Mason Tvert, the Marijuana Policy Project spokesman and co-director of Colorado’s Yes on Amendment 64 campaign, is used to anti-cannabis rhetoric. “There are a lot of folks trying to make it seem like the sky is falling in Colorado or that voters regret their decision, but this is yet another poll showing that they still support it,”Tvert told the Cannabist.

“It’s easy for opponents of legalization to put words into the mouths of Colorado voters,” Tvert said, “but these results actually let voters speak for themselves, and voters by and large would not want to go back to prohibition.”