Voters in eight states — including Massachusetts and Maine — have enacted laws to replace marijuana prohibition with sensible regulation for adults 21 and older. We’ve had several years to see how regulating marijuana like alcohol is working. Colorado and Washington — which were the first two states to regulate marijuana, in 2012 — have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and created tens of thousands of jobs. And, as a report from the Cato Institute noted, “The absence of significant adverse consequences [from these laws] is especially striking given the sometimes dire predictions made by legalization opponents.”
|The Impact of Legalization in Colorado (PDF)|
|Life After Legalization (PDF)|
Nearly two out of three Connecticut residents support regulating marijuana for adults. A 2015 survey by Quinnipiac University found that 63% of voters support this proposal, with only 34% opposed.
That survey is the most recent statewide polling on the issue, but as support for legalization has increased nationwide since 2015, support in Connecticut may have increased as well.
An even larger majority of Americans believe that the federal government should let states decide their own marijuana policies. A 2017 survey by Quinnipiac found that 71% of voters oppose federal interference with state marijuana laws, meaning many who oppose legalization still believe that the decision should be left up to states.
|2015 Quinnipiac University Poll (PDF)|