Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected ballot measures that would legalize marijuana and ban corporate donations in November’s presidential election, a new poll shows.
As a result, Republicans have an opportunity to reclaim the Senate, where they have held a 52-49 majority since 2006, and to put in place a package of marijuana and recreational legalization measures that could give Democrats a big boost in November.
Republicans in Colorado have been pushing the marijuana ballot measure for more than a year, but the measure fell just short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
A similar measure was approved in Oregon and Washington last year, and the measure is currently under review in Colorado.
The results of the latest poll, conducted by SurveyUSA, show that 65 percent of Colorado voters support legalization.
Only 30 percent said they were opposed to legalization, while 27 percent were undecided.
The ballot measure, if approved by voters, would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
The measure would also allow the state to allow recreational marijuana sales, which would be taxed at 12 percent.
The state could also set a tax rate of 15 percent on sales and use of marijuana by the recreational marijuana industry.
Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper, said in a statement the poll showed that the marijuana legalization vote was “a clear victory for the people of Colorado.”
“The people of this great state have spoken, and they have spoken loud and clear: We will not allow marijuana to be sold in the streets, in the parks or in our homes,” Hickencoopers statement said.
“I am confident that our elected officials will do the right thing and pass the strongest law possible to protect Colorado families from this dangerous substance that has been shown to have devastating effects on the brain and body.”
While Republicans are now on the defensive over their marijuana plan, Democrats are on the winning side.
The poll found that 67 percent of likely voters support marijuana legalization, a sign that the measures could give the party a significant boost in the election.
A quarter of likely Colorado voters said they are pro-legalization, and a majority supported allowing recreational marijuana use.
The rest are undecided.
Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in 1996.
A second ballot measure was voted down by voters in 2000, but that vote was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to Colorado, the ballot measures have passed in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.