It likely comes as no surprise that the widest difference in opinion was found among political parties and age groups. According to the poll of 1,139 registered voters, 73 percent of Republicans say recreational pot is bad for the state’s image while 57 percent of Democrats believe the legalized weed is actually positive for Colorado’s image.
But a fair majority of Colorado youth seem to be down with recreational weed as rule of law.
Voters 18-19 years old say 57-41 percent that legalized marijuana is good for the state’s image while voters 65 years and older say 67-21 percent that the recreational pot gives Colorado a bad name.
Despite disagreements on what legalization means for Colorado’s image, the Quinnipiac poll found that a majority of voters had still reported using marijuana before it became legal on January 1st.
The survey even asked voters about the infamous baked good, “Pot Brownies,” finding that only 17 percent of Colorado voters say it is very likely they would try one while 70 percent said trying a brownie would be very unlikely.
“Coloradans don’t mind if their neighbors grow a little grass in their living room, but the prospect of big time grow houses next door is a turnoff,” Quinnipiac Polling assistant director Tim Malloy said in a statement. “And they say thanks but no thanks to marijuana brownies.”
In light of many states across the country legalizing or making moves to legalize recreational marijuana, many medical personnel have asked what types of implications legal recreational drug use will have for traffic fatalities, drug abuse among teenagers and brain development.
Just last week, medical and prevention specialists in Connecticut gathered at the State Capitol to discuss the impact of legalization on these issues in a forum sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Prevention Practitioners.
The poll reported that 64 percent of Coloradans would be “very uncomfortable” riding in a car with a driver who smoked or consumed (perhaps via pot brownies) moderate amounts of marijuana.