Years after legalizing marijuana, voters see it as a huge success
Bruce Barcott May 20, 2020 Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
A new survey finds that the longer a regulated, legal adult-use cannabis market operates, the more people consider legalization a success. (AdobeStock)
Residents in nine of the 11 states that have legalized the adult use of cannabis have no regrets about ending prohibition. In fact, according to a new survey, large majorities now deem the move a whopping success.
YouGov, an international research data and analytics group based in London, surveyed more than 32,000 Americans in legal states. Participants were asked if they considered recreational marijuana legislation to be more of a success or failure. The survey was conducted April 17-20, 2020.
In Colorado and Washington, the first states to legalize (in 2012), voters responded with two thumbs up. In Colorado, 71% of those asked said they considered legalization a success, while only 17% saw it as a failure. In Washington, 65% counted it a success, with only 18% considering it a failure.
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Those margins indicate that a significant block of people who originally voted against legalization now see it as a good move for the state. Colorado’s Amendment 64 passed in 2012 with 55% of the vote, while Washington’s Initiative 502 passed with 56% approval.
Other states have similar approval ratings:
Oregon: 69% success Massachusetts: 67% success Nevada: 64% success California: 59% success Illinois: 59% success Michigan: 56% success Maine: 47% success