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In Colorado, Most Feel Legal Pot is Bad for State's Image

Colorado became one of the first states in the country to legalize marijuana at the beginning of the year, but a new Quinnipiac University poll shows more than half of Colorado voters say legalization is bad for the states image.

Fifty one percent of voters said legalization is bad for the states image, while 38 percent disagreed.

The poll found wide differences among both political parties and age groups, with 73 percent of Republicans saying legalization is bad for the states image while a smaller number -- 57 percent -- of Democrats said legalization was good for the states image.

When it came to the age of voters, younger voters were more closely divided as to whether legalization was good for the states image by a 57 percent to 41 percent divide. Voters over the age of 65, however, overwhelmingly felt marijuana was bad for the states image, with 67 percent saying they felt pot wasnt good for the states image.

Nearly three-quarters of voters -- 73 percent -- said it wouldnt bother them if a neighbor grew pot at home but most voters (81 percent) said they were opposed to changing Colorados law to allow people to grow more than 12 marijuana plants in their home.

Coloradans dont mind if their neighbors grow a little grass in their living room, but theprospect of big-time grow houses next door is a turnoff, said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From Jan. 29-Feb. 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,139 registered voterswith a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

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