The presidential vote in Colorado was close, so close that early projections were impossible and many people on the East coast went to sleep without knowing its allegiance. In the end, Colorado voted the same way as it did 4 years ago, now for the incumbent, Barack Obama. Although it was still undecided and newsworthy until late, it is ultimately an afterthought given the national spotlight on Florida, Ohio and Virginia. What has put Colorado into the spotlight is the state vote to go against government regulation and legalizing personal marijuana use. If the government had their way, not only would every medical marijuana shop be forced to order a dumpster rental to dispose of their merchandise, but certainly consumers would not have legal access. Colorado has ignored the federal laws, and may benefit greatly if regulation runs smoothly.
In 2000, Colorado legalized the sale and use of medical marijuana, becoming the 6th state to do so. It was following the lead of California, which was the first do pass its vote in 1996. Although California attempted to be a trendsetter once again, it lost its legalized marijuana vote in 2010 and can now just follow in the shoes of Colorado and Washington – who made history this year. These are facts, most of which are old news. The correlation that may not be common knowledge is the similarities in voter preferences between democratic and marijuana allegiance.
Interestingly, as is the case with most of the country, the highly populated and urban areas of major cities in swing states generally vote Democrat, while those rural areas lean conservative. As is assumed, the liberal areas that voted Democrat cast the same vote for the legalization of marijuana almost in unison. The 55% that voted for marijuana was strengthened by over 70% of the major urban areas of Boulder and Denver, CO, which were also crucial for Obama’s re-election. Am I saying that all Democrats are going to take advantage of the legalization of marijuana, of course not, but you have to admit that the numbers are convincing.