Marijuana Dominates Short CO Ballot Measure List

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Colorado is known for ballots packed with constitutional amendments and voter initiatives. But this year, Colorado voters will see a relatively lean ballot.

A marijuana-legalization question is one of only three questions up for a public vote statewide, and the other two have attracted little interest. One is a campaign-finance question that has no force of law, and the other is a revision to little-understood employee protections for state employees.

The light ballot is unusual for a state where it's easy to petition onto ballots. It also is giving marijuana an outsize role this political season.

Both sides of the marijuana debate say the issue is the biggest non-presidential question to go before a statewide voter audience.

11 News talked to people about this year’s lighter ballot, and the question about Amendment 64 in particular- it was a mixed reaction.

Those who want the measure to pass don't believe it will, and vice versa, those who don't want it passed think it might.

"There are too many other people that won't vote for it. I think it should but I just don't think it ever will," one Springs resident said.

"I just don't think we're ready for that it's still a federal crime so why would we want to pass it in Colorado?" another added.

Karen Franklin a mom of three said medical marijuana has already set a precedent. So while she may not want amendment 64 to pass, she believes it will.

"When they legalized it for it to be sold like prescriptions in different (dispensaries) so I just think the state of Colorado accepted that already, why wouldn't they accept this?" Franklin said.

Unofficial polls from the University of Denver showed 50% of voters in favor, 40% against and 10% percent undecided.