The following script is from “The Pot Vote,” which aired on Oct. 30, 2016. Dr. Jonathan LaPook is the correspondent. Katherine Davis, producer.
Five percent of Americans live in states where pot is legal for recreational use. But by next Wednesday, that percentage could swell to almost 25 percent. It’s on the ballot in five states: California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada. If it passes in those states, it would reflect a significant shift in attitudes. The latest poll shows more than half of Americans favor legalization. The state with the most experience with legal recreational pot is Colorado, which allowed retail sale of the drug starting in 2014. No other state has gone further or faster into the legal weed business. But it’s still in its infancy and remains an experiment. So with next week’s vote in mind, we went to Colorado to find out what’s working and what’s not.