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Does Colorado regret legalizing marijuana?

A day later, a week later and even three years after making a big purchase, people can experience buyer's remorse. A new poll suggests that Coloradoans are experiencing buyer's remorse after voting in 2012 to legalize marijuana. But some say the poll results are tainted by the pollster's political track record.

First, let's look at the poll results: according to pollster SmithJohnson Research, 51 percent of people who voted three years ago say they would today vote against legalization. Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana for adults 21 and above.

The poll was conducted by SmithJohnson Research, a California company that brags about its efforts to defeat the 2010 ballot initiative in the state to legalize marijuana, saying "our most prominent victory was the defeat of Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization initiative."

Most would likely agree that this is not exactly an objective polling company. Also, SmithJohnson Research does not disclose on its website the wording of the question posed to self-identified 2012 Colorado voters.

Nevertheless, the company's polling and research director says in a news article that Colorado has "some buyer's remorse," and that voters "don't like the impact Amendment 64 has had on their state across some very important dimensions, like edibles, teen drug use and impaired driving."

While some are dubious about the poll results, there is no doubt that driving while high can get a person into legal trouble. A DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) arrest and conviction can mean jail time, probation or both. A Denver attorney experienced in DUID defense can assess your legal options and pursue the outcome most favorable in your circumstances.

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