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In The Future, People Will Bring Pot To Dinner Parties Instead Of Wine

Mar 25, 2014 | Updated Mar 25, 2014
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If the support for marijuana legalization continues to rise, in the near future you might bring a bag of your favorite cannabis to a dinner party, rather than a bottle of wine.

That's according to a new study from online legal resource Avvo, which found that 70 percent of the more than 2,000 consumers surveyed in Colorado and Washington -- where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use -- believe that marijuana consumption will become such a routine part of their lives that they'll bring it along to something as regular as a dinner party.

The survey -- which only included people who used Avvo.com in the past year -- found that a strong majority of residents in Colorado and Washington are in support of legal weed businesses opening up in their neighborhoods. Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed in Colorado and 71 percent of those in Washington said they were in favor, with 43 percent planning on making a marijuana purchase in the future.

There was some concern from residents in both states that legalization could increase access to marijuana for kids, with 43 percent saying they were "very worried" about this notion. Forty-two percent of those surveyed where "very concerned" about the possibility of more people driving under the influence of marijuana.

The poll echoes similar positive sentiments from a recent survey from Public Policy Polling, which showed that Colorado voters are even happier about marijuana legalization after the first few months of sales.

Marijuana enthusiasts bought a lot of pot in the first month that recreational weed was legal in Colorado -- several dozen recreational marijuana dispensaries collectively generated more than $14 million in January.

Just this month, Washington state regulators issued the first legal marijuana business license in the state. The first Washington shops selling retail weed are expected to open later this year.

“As the growing number of states with marijuana-legalization ballot initiatives indicates, pot is gaining social acceptance across a wide swath of demographics, even with shared concerns about kids having great access to the drug,” Leigh McMillan, vice president of marketing and research at Avvo, said in a statement. “Somewhat akin to the social movement after the end of prohibition, legalized marijuana will likely follow a similar trajectory as cannabis becomes socially accepted and new businesses emerge.”

Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form, with about a dozen other states expected to join their ranks in the coming years.

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