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Poll: Coloradans say no to pot in bars and clubs

Posted at 10:33 AM, Jul 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-21 10:33:41-04

COLORADO — Voters in the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana say pot use should be limited to the home or members-only clubs, with no lighting up in bars or clubs, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Monday also indicates that a majority of Colorado voters still support legal marijuana sales, six months after the law kicked in.

Two-thirds of those questioned say marijuana use should be legal at home or in members-only clubs, with an similar amount saying pot shouldn’t be legal in bars and clubs were alcohol is served. Two-thirds also say marijuana shouldn’t be legal at entertainment events were admission is charged. And just over six in ten say laws regulating marijuana should be as strict as those regulating alcohol use.

“Coloradans are still good to go on marijuana for recreational use in private settings, but as far as letting the good times roll in bars and clubs where alcohol is served, voters say don’t smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em,'” said Quinnipiac University poll assistant director Tim Malloy.

Colorado laws ban smoking pot inside bars and restaurants. Some private marijuana clubs are opening.

Fifty-four percent say they support the marijuana law, unchanged from April but down four-percentage points from February.

Other findings from the new poll: Just over six in ten Colorado voters say alcohol’s more harmful to your health than pot. And half say they’ve tried pot, but only 16% say they’ve tried it since it became legal on January 1.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted July 10-14, with 1,147 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.