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Poll: Coloradans back legal pot, 15 percent used

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm •  Published: April 28, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Coloradans think marijuana legalization has been good for the state, though just 15 percent have used pot since recreational sales began in January, according to a poll released Monday.

Fifty-two percent said marijuana legalization has been beneficial, 38 percent said it has been bad for the state, and 10 percent were unsure, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Asked whether legalization has "eroded the moral fiber" of people in Colorado, 30 percent agreed, and 67 percent disagreed.

Marijuana activists praised Monday's poll results, especially the 53-41 margin agreeing that legal pot "will save the state and taxpayers a significant amount of money."

"Not only has the sky not fallen, the forecast is as bright as ever" for economic growth from legal pot, said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Pollsters conducted the telephone survey April 15-21 with 1,298 registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 points.

Coloradans did not seem to think legal pot has made driving more dangerous. Asked whether legalization has made driving less safe, 54 percent said no and 39 percent said yes.

Residents were more divided on legal pot's effect on the criminal justice system. Fifty percent said legalization will have a positive impact on it, 40 percent said it will have a negative impact, the rest were unsure. Just 21 percent said they thought marijuana legalization would reduce racially biased arrests.

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