Poll: Colorado voters support measure to legalize marijuana

Men favor measure more then women

DENVER - More Colorado voters support a ballot measure to legalize marijuana use, according to a poll by the Denver Post.

Amendment 64 would legalize limited amounts of marijuana for adults for recreational use.

According to the Post poll, Amendment 64 has the support of 51 percent of likely voters compared to 40 percent opposed.

The poll found a common age and gender split among supporters and opponents.

Men support the measure more than women. Voters under the age of 35 support Amendment 64 by a margin of 30 percentage points, while voters over 65 mostly opposed the measure.

If Amendment 64 passes, it would make Colorado the first state in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The law would have limited effect however because federal law still prevents marijuana use.

In 2005, Denver voters passed a measure to make marijuana use legal in the city.

Gov. John Hickenlooper opposes Amendment 64.  In a statement Hickenlooper said "Federal laws would remain unchanged in classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance, and federal authorities have been clear they will not turn a blind eye toward states attempting to trump those laws."

"Amendment 64 has the potential to increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are okay," Hickenlooper said.

The medical use of marijuana is permitted in Colorado.

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Information from The Denver Post.

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