Following a recent polling trend, Rasmussen Reports just released yet another poll showing growing support for ending the failed policy of cannabis prohibition. On the heels of strong majority support nationwide, Rasmussen polling found that 61% of Colorado voters support legalizing cannabis while the number increases to 62% when rules and regulations against selling to minors, smoking in public and driving under the influence are included in the question to voters.
The polling results are good news for Amendment 64, a constitutional measure that will end cannabis prohibition in Colorado by instituting rules and regulations similar to alcohol regulation. Support for legalizing cannabis garnered majority support across most demographics, including 69% support among voters under 40 years of age, 75% of Democrats and 69% of independents. Voters over 65 are evenly split while just 39% of Colorado Republicans voiced support for legalization. The Colorado Democratic Party officially endorsed Amendment 64 stating that, “A broad coalition is forming in support of Amendment 64 and I am proud to say that it now includes the Colorado Democratic Party.”
President Barack Obama would be wise to shift his official stance on cannabis as he is in a dogfight with Mitt Romney in Colorado as Rasmussen puts the two candidates in a 45%-45% dead heat. Unfortunately, instead of adhering to more sensible positions on cannabis supported by his base of supporters, President Obama continues to alienate the portion of his base that understands that ending cannabis prohibition is one of the pressing civil rights issues of our time. If the polling trend regarding cannabis legalization continues, President Obama should evolve on the issue or the always-looking-to-pander-and-flip-flop Mitt Romney may just decide to beat him to the punch as cannabis is clearly more popular than both candidates.