DEBATE: How has marijuana changed Colorado's image?

7:24 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - A new poll finds a majority of Americans support legislative efforts to legalize marijuana.

DENVER - A new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll finds a majority of Americans support legislative efforts to legalize marijuana.

Fifty-five percent say they would support laws in which adults 21 and older are allowed to buy limited amounts of marijuana for personal use.

About a quarter would not approve of legalizing marijuana, but they wouldn't actively oppose it either. Nineteen percent would actively work to oppose and overturn any legalization efforts.

There is no question that marijuana has changed Colorado's image. Whether that's for the better or worse is still up for debate.

"To the extent that the cannabis industry has changed Colorado. I think Colorado has even more changed the image of cannabis industry. We are showing the world that there is a sensitive alternative to the underground black market for marijuana by taking it off the streets, out of the underground and putting it behind a highly regulated counter," Taylor West of the National Cannabis Industry Association said.

Bob Doyle is with the group Colorado SAM, which stands for Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

"It's bad for Colorado. Underneath the celebration from the marijuana industry and all the money that they are going to make, unfortunately what we have is high youth use rates and higher rates of use among our 18-24 year olds, already problems with public health and safety, so the brain impairment that comes with marijuana use is very real, so the damage to our state is already happening and unfortunately it is the joke of many people," Doyle said.

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