Even the Denver Post, the paper of record for marijuana legalization, editorialized concern about the growth in usage.
And the public hasn’t changed their mind after a year of commercialization and two years post the November 2012 passage by 55 percent. They are still closely divided. A new Denver Post automated survey of 800 shows most of the respondents would vote the same way (90%). And like people nationally, more than half of the state’s voters would favor a national law for legalization. But 38 percent believe the state’s reputation was negatively impacted.
- 53% believe state regulatory performance is either fair or poor. 42% only said it was good or excellent. Two-thirds rate educating young as fair or poor.
- 22% use marijuana, more men, under 50 with high school education or less. 78% smoke it.
But, commercialization has set in. The industry gives campaign contributions, has an army of lobbyists and acts as a cartel trying to limit new competitors. Coloradans hopefully like what they have. It will be hard to get rid of it.