01/31/2014 05:51 pm ET

Budding Support For Marijuana Use By Athletes And Fans Ahead Of Super Bowl, Poll Shows


The high-flying Denver Broncos offense has set a litany of records this season, lighting up opposing defenses to the tune of 606 points in the regular season. It may not come as a surprise, then, that a Quinnipiac poll released Friday finds that Broncos fans wouldn't mind if Peyton Manning and his teammates celebrated a potential Super Bowl XLVIII victory with a bowl of their own.

Of the 490 Colorado adults surveyed, 71 percent told the polling firm that they wouldn't have an issue with the Denver Broncos smoking marijuana after the game. The firm found that disapproval rises with age.

The poll found, however, that the fans themselves will largely abstain from marijuana use, at least during the game.

According to Quinnipiac, six percent of Colorado adults who plan to watch the game will enjoy it with both beer and marijuana while 36 percent say they'll just drink beer. Another 2 percent plan to smoke or ingest marijuana only and 56 percent say they will watch the game with neither beer nor marijuana.

Legal marijuana dispensaries opened for business in Colorado at the beginning of January.

The state's residents are almost universally optimistic about the game's outcome: 84 percent think the Broncos will beat the Seattle Seahawks, according to the poll.

The poll has a margin of error 4.4 percentage points.



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