Election 2012

Latest Survey Finds Most Colorado Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana


With less than a week to go before voters in three states decide whether to legalize marijuana, a survey conducted last week puts support for Colorado's initiative, Amendment 64, at 53 percent, up from other recent polls. In the survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 43 percent of likely voters said they opposed Amendment 64, while about 5 percent were undecided. By comparison, a SurveyUSA poll taken three weeks ago found support falling short of a majority, with 48 percent in favor (down from 51 percent in September) and 43 percent opposed. It looks like undecided voters may be shifting to the yes column.

Recent surveys in Washington found similarly strong support (54 percent and 55 percent) for I-502, that state's legalization initiative. Oregon's Measure 80, meanwhile, continues to trail, as it has all along. In an Elway Poll conducted from Thursday through Sunday, 49 percent of likely voters opposed the initiative, while 43 percent supported it. Two weeks ago, a SurveyUSA poll put those numbers at 43 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

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  1. How hard do you think the federal government is going fuck the states that actually legalize? My bet’s on hard, unlubricated, ravenous rape.

    1. Sure, you can have your legal marijuana, but you’re not getting any highway funds.

    2. In addition to subverting local law enforcement with “joint task force” raids (easily done), I expect the feds will immediately add outlawing pot to the requirements for getting highway funding. Repubs, naturally, will lead the charge. “Federalism? We ain’t got no steenkin’ federalism!”

      Which will kill state-level legalization dead as a doorknob.

      1. But then Colorado will have to re-outlaw mj by initiative. Could get interesting.

        1. Another example of the 17th amendment screwing us over.

        2. Maybe a court will strike it down for being in conflict with federal law.

          1. Its not, though. Just because the feds outlaw something, doesn’t mean the states have to.

            The only conflict would be if a state were to mandate pot growing or something like that.

            1. Or if a state ratified an Articles of Rebellion.

            2. Don’t these initiatives set up licensing and such for legal growing and selling?

              How is that not in conflict with federal law?

              1. Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

      2. Didn’t the scrotus ruling on Obamacare kill that ‘strings attached with your funding’ BS?

        1. No. It was very narrowly worded to apply only to OCare. They made a point of distinguishing their cases allowing highway funds to impose mandates on the states.

    3. I think so too, but I have hopes for a governor willing to play hard ball. Maybe not the first state that legalizes, or the first governor of that state, but eventually.

    4. All of that amount of hardness and then some.

  2. Martial law. Place the Colorado National Guard under the control of Janet Napolitano.

  3. Ive probably argued before for the 16th and 18th, but I think the 17th amendment may be the worst mistake in US history.

    It is the absolute death of federalism.

    1. I’d put the 16th and 17th both on the Things that Skullfucked the Republic Out of Existence pedestal.

    2. Meh, I think it’s kind of overrated. There are plenty of states where the state politicians are all for big federal government. And then there are other states that ideological seem like they would support limited government, but get more money back from the feds than they pay in. Not to mention, the amendment was approved by the Senate, and approved by state legislatures (in fact the state legislatures were the ones who really pressured Congress into approving the amendment). And this was 100 years ago. Which kinda disproves the theory that it was or could be a check on centralization

  4. I am still predicting that this passes in Colorado and that they are the first state to legalize. Then the feds will gather all of their totalitarianism into one giant bout of totalitarianism to end all, and go after Colorado full steam. Hopefully the outcome of that will be to create a whole new crop of Libertarians in CO and make the Feds look like the giant anus that they are while the entire country looks on. Then they will say, but ‘it’s for the children’, and start shooting dogs, breaking doors at the wrong house, and tazing grannies all around CO.

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