Voters in 15 states — including Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, and Vermont — 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.”
|Colorado and Washington: Life After Legalization and Regulation (PDF)|
|Colorado Business Outlook (PDF)|
Nearly two out of three Connecticut residents support legalizing marijuana for adults. A 2020 survey by GQR found that 65% of voters support legalization.
Connecticut voters aren't alone. A 2019 Gallup poll found that two out of three Americans support legalization.
|2020 GQR Poll (PDF)|
|2015 Quinnipiac University Poll (PDF)|