Poll: Voters still back legalized marijuana, but just say no to use in bars and clubs

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DENVER — In the six months since recreational marijuana use became legal, Colorado voters still support the move but believe it should be limited to the home or members-only clubs, a Quinnipiac University poll shows.

Voters in the survey, which was released Monday morning, support legal marijuana use 54 percent to 43 percent. But those surveyed said there should be no lighting up in bars and clubs.

Those surveyed support marijuana use in members-only clubs 66 percent to 29 percent, but the nearly same difference — 65 percent to 31 percent — say it should not be legal in bars and clubs where alcohol is served.

A similar 63 percent to 33 percent said marijuana use should not be legal at entertainment events where admission is charged.

Sixty-one percent said marijuana laws should be as restrictive as those regulating alcohol.

“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 Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

State laws ban all indoor smoking, but some private marijuana clubs are opening.

Other findings from the poll show 61 percent say alcohol is more harmful than marijuana and 51 percent of those surveyed say they have tried pot in their lifetime, but only 16 percent said they have tried it since the recreational use became legal Jan. 1.

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