Poll Shows Views on CO’s Rec Program Evolving

Colorado residents still favor the state’s recreational marijuana law, however their support has dropped slightly since the program’s early days.

In a survey run by Quinnipac University earlier in July and released this week, 54% of respondents say they support Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana sales to adults 21 year and older.

That’s down from 58% in a poll taken in February, shortly after shops opened their doors.

The dip could reflect some of the challenges the cannabis industry has faced in recent months, including several high-profile incidents involving people who consumed edibles. A New York Times columnist’s first-hand account of using marijuana in Colorado also painted the industry in a negative light.

Respondents indicated that marijuana use should be limited to private residences and members-only clubs. The poll indicated a split on opinions about marijuana use at invitation-only gatherings, such as the Classically Cannabis event series by the Denver Symphony, which received much attention earlier this year.