A study published recently by Suffolk University and USA Today indicates that about half of Coloradoans aren’t happy with legalized recreational marijuana and how the law is implemented. 49 percent of Coloradans do not approve of how the state is managing pot, compared to 42 percent who do approve.

Coloradans were told that marijuana would be strictly regulated, and kept out of the hands of Colorado youth. Unfortunately, many Coloradans are frustrated and upset that those promises have not been kept.

The Gazette

By Carol McGraw

Originally Published: September 28, 2014

Colorado Springs, Colo. — It might be characterized as a couple of “I told you so” victories for those who oppose the legalization of marijuana.

Two recent polls show that support of legalized marijuana have waned, and that there is unhappiness in the way regulations are handled by the state.

A Suffolk University/USA Today poll found that about half of Coloradans are not happy with the new marijuana law and how it is administered.

“Although it’s a close split overall, opposition comes mainly from women statewide who oppose it 56 percent to 41 percent and additional push back from voters over 55 years of age,” Dave Paleologos, director of the Boston-based Suffolk University Political Research Center, noted on the center’s website. “This is offset by younger voters between 18 and 45 who still support it by a 20-point margin.”

Numbers show that 49 percent of those polled, do not approve of how the state is managing pot, compared to 42 percent who approve.

Another poll this week, by the Public Religion Research Institute says national support for legalized marijuana has fallen from 51 percent in 2013 to 44 percent this year. The drop was concentrated among those who had favored marijuana, but not those who strongly favored legalization. Opposition increased among those who strongly opposed legal marijuana, according to the Sept. 23 American Values Survey 2014 conducted by PRRI.

Diane Carlson, a founder of Smart Colorado, which campaigned against Amendment 64, says there needs to be more enforcement and also preventive education for kids.

“This has been an incredibly complicated and daunting task for the state,” she said. “And unfortunately certain municipalities moved forward before protections could be put in place.” [Read More]