Washington Voters Are 'Likely to Legalize Marijuana on Tuesday'

The latest polls indicate that most Washington voters continue to favor marijuana legalization, while Colorado voters are not quite as enthusiastic but still may approve this unprecedented reform. In a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling from Thursday through Saturday, 53 percent of likely voters said they support Washington's Initiative 502, which would legalize possession of up to an ounce by adults 21 or older and authorize state-licensed pot shops. The polling organization says Washington voters are "likely to legalize marijuana on Tuesday."

In Colorado a SurveyUSA poll conducted last week put support for Amendment 64, which would allow home cultivation as well as state-licensed sales, at 50 percent, with 44 percent opposed and 6 percent undecided. The Denver Post reports that the measure is "tied among voters who said they had already cast a ballot," while "its biggest lead was among people who said they would be voting on Election Day." SurveyUSA observes:

Passage would be driven largely by the support of younger voters, who sometimes are less reliable, turnout-wise, than are older voters. 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.

Garrett Quinn recently talked to the people behind the Amendment 64 and I-502 campaigns. On Friday I outlined what will happen if voters approve one or both initiatives.

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  • Marshall Gill||

    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.

    My understanding is that if you don't vote, you can't be blamed for the consequences.

  • Pound. Head. On. Desk.||

    My understanding is that if you don't vote, you can't be blamed for the consequences.

    My understanding is that if you don't vote, you should be blamed for all the consequences.

  • Paul.||

    I'm going with Marshall Gill on this one. People who don't vote get to complain, because it ain't their fault. People who do vote can shut the fuck up, because they got exactly what they wanted.

    And yes, I voted in this election, so that means I'm part of the problem.

  • Raston Bot||

    i'm just guessing but Gill might be poking fun at all the "if you vote, then you choose not to understand statistics" talk.

  • Pound. Head. On. Desk.||

    OK, so there will be another State for the DEA to raid dispensaries in. How much of an effect would there really be beyond that?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Does this mean that Washington state goes on the kill list?

  • anon||

    You assume it isn't already.

  • ||

    BRING IT BITCHES

  • Pro Libertate||

    Epidrone.

  • anon||

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • ||

    Yes, I also blame ProL.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Remember that scene from Catch-22 where Milo is calling in the airstrike? Well, let's just say I'm Milo, and you're Art Garfunkel.

  • ||

    At least Art can sing.

  • Ska||

    But who is the general's daughter?

  • Pip||

    Suddenly I crave tomatoes. Fresh, ripe tomatoes.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Here, try this chocolate-covered cotton.

  • Paul.||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The great state of Washington is about to see its dog shot.

  • R C Dean||

    Worse: its highway funds withheld.

    Mebbe the Intrepid Reason Staff has already done this, but I'm curious about what happens next if WA or CO actually approves the referendum.

    Does it effectively repeal/amend/create statutes? Does the legislature need to do anything? Can the legislature just come behind and recriminalize?

    I realize the agencies will need to draft rules, which they will do poorly and late. What happens if they miss their deadlines? Nothing?

  • ||

    under WA law, initiative is a higher level of law than legislative law, so in brief... no

  • B.P.||

    In Colorado, it is an amendment to the state constitution, which can only be undone with a vote of the people.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's all irrelevant before the Supremacy Clause and the unlimited drug-killing power of the federal government.

  • John Thacker||

    You wouldn't want to support states' rights would you, you racist?

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, I'm all for destroying the last vestiges of freedom, which is a concept of the last dregs of the European patriarchy.

  • juris imprudent||

    Oh silly, the Euros evolved beyond freedom - right back to serfdom.

  • ||

    I just voted for it, and based on my record of picking losers this is going down. Sorry everyone.

  • ||

    Way to go, sage, you asshole. I still blame ProL.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I oppose the WoD but favor the WoE.

  • anon||

    War on Epi?

  • ||

    oh hell ya!!!!!!!!!!

    WA ... yet again... rools!

    so excited. as a cop, and as a WA resident!

  • R C Dean||

    The joint task force raids will be EPIC!

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_new.....video?lite

  • ||

    yawn

  • Pip||

    Hey faggot, how about you put in for helicopter duty? Maybe in a Vietnam era copter?

  • Paul.||

    Why did the cops smash the cameras? Were they trying to hide something?

  • Sandi||

    I took a shit in WA once.

  • Paul.||

    Tacoma noticed.

  • anon||

    You made Seattle?

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