It appears as though Colorado residents are growing used to the idea of legal weed. A recent survey from the folks at Public Policy Polling indicates that while there was some resistance, in the beginning, to the state’s recreational marijuana commerce, many of those who did tender their support for the new law have since changed their mind.
According to the survey, nearly 60% of Colorado residents believe that people should be able to legally use marijuana, while 35% are still being gnawed on by subliminal Republican messages and offer no support. Interestingly, though, the gap that separates the stoned and the lame has experienced a substantial spread since voters approved legislation to legalize the leaf. There is now a 22-point division as opposed to the measly 10.5-point spread recorded after the measure was green lit in 2012.
However, regardless of the obvious success experienced by the recreational marijuana industry over the past couple of months -- racking in nearly $14 million in January alone -- the survey finds voters are divided almost evenly on whether legal marijuana has been good or bad for the community. Thirty-one percent say it has made the state better, while 33% claim it has caused it to take a turn for the worse. Yet, thirty-percent say despite marijuana’s newfound legal status, there has been no change.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the poll is the revelation that the majority of Colorado residents have not yet taken advantage of the state’s legal reefer. The survey suggests that nearly 9 out of 10 survey participants have not smoked weed or enjoyed marijuana edibles since it became recreationally available on January 1.
Still, Colorado is poised to generate $1 billion in recreational marijuana sales this year.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.