Majority Of Colorado Voters Have Smoked Pot

Marijuana Plant

This is perhaps the least surprising poll result ever:

More than half of all Colorado residents have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, according to a collection of data released by Quinnipiac University pollsters.

Quinnipiac, which is based in Connecticut, conducts scads of state-by-state polling and, on Friday morning, tweeted out a chart comparing pot usage across seven states in which they had conducted polls in February and March. Here are the results.

The Colorado number shouldn’t surprise anyone — given that pot use is legal in the state, as of January 1.  And, the numbers in most of the other states Pew tested — with the exceptions of Iowa and Virginia where pot usage is under 40 percent — are consistent with national data about how many people have tried marijuana during their lives.

Here’s the chart:

Qunnipiac Pot Chart

Personally I think the numbers in other states may be understated. Given that marijuana is now legal in Colorado, it’s much less embarking for someone there to admit they’ve smoked it. In states where it is still illegal there is likely some portion of the people answering “no” who are doing so because it’s illegal, not because they’ve never smoked it.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. James Pearce says:

    I live in Colorado. I have not smoked pot since…..last night.

    (Now ya know why my nom de guerre used to be Herb!)

  2. anjin-san says:

    Maybe we can just turn the whole state into a prison. Yay war on drugs.

  3. Matt says:

    @James Pearce: I actually did wonder.