Poll: 58 Percent Back Pot Legalization; Nearly Half Think Obama Should Leave Colo. Law Alone

Fifty-eight percent of Americans favor an end to the country’s prohibition on marijuana while nearly half believe that President Obama should not undermine a new law in Colorado permitting recreational cannabis use, according to a poll released Tuesday. 

The poll, conducted by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling on behalf of the Marijuana Policy Project, shows that 33 percent of those who believe that marijuana should be legal feel strongly about the matter, while a quarter supports legalization but does not feel strongly. 

Moreover, 47 percent believe that Obama should allow Colorado to implement Amendment 64, a law passed last month by voters in the state to regulate marijuana comparably to alcohol. Only 33 percent think that Obama should wield federal resources to prevent the law from taking effect and 20 percent said they aren’t sure. 

Fifty-five percent of Coloradans voted in favor of Amendment 64, giving the measure more votes than Obama picked up in the state.

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