05/15/2010 03:56 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rasmussen: 49% Of Coloradans Think Marijuana Should Be Legal

A new telephone survey from Rasmussen Reports finds that 49% in Colorado support the idea of legalizing and taxing marijuana.

39% said they don't support legalization.

The survey, conducted May 10, coincides with Governor Ritter's signing of HB 1284, the contentious legislation that would place regulations on the burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

Rasmussen found that men were more likely than women to support legalization. Democrats were also more likely than Republicans to support the idea of legalizing and taxing pot.

Rasmussen conducted a similar poll a year ago on the national level in which 41% supported the idea of legalizing marijuana to help solve the country's fiscal problems.

The poll conducted in Colorado had a 4.5% margin for error.