74 Percent of Floridians Support Medical Marijuana, According to Latest Poll

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Another poll, another strong showing for medical marijuana in Florida.

According to a new University of North Florida poll, 74 percent of Floridians say they support and will vote "yes" for Proposition 2 in November, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana.

This, along with the recent news that a House committee approved the measure for Charlotte's Web, it looks like the Sunshine State is well on its way to allowing medical weed.

The UNF poll, however, seems to crush any dreams of legalizing pot for recreational use. But, one measure at a time!

See also: Florida Medical Marijuana's Biggest Opponents and Threats

In January, state representatives held a legislative hearing on getting Charlotte's Web legalized.

The Charlotte's Web extract is known for having low-to-no tetrahydrocannabinol, which is what gets you high when you smoke weed. Proponents say that Charlotte's Web reduces seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy.

On Thursday, House Appropriations Committee not only approved the legalization of Charlotte's Web, but also sanctioned a $1 million appropriation that'll go to research of the strain, to see if there are any long-term effects to children who will take it.

Overall, Floridians have been coming around in accepting medical marijuana as a reality in this state. And the latest UNF poll shows the numbers are favorable:

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via UNF (click to enlarge)

The same can't be said for the recreational use of weed.

Earlier this month, Sen. Dwight Bullard filed SB 1562, a bill that, if passed would allow Floridians who are 21 or older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of pot, in addition to allowing folks to cultivate up to six marijuana plants. Ultimately, under this law, weed would be treated the same way alcohol is. It wouldn't be sold to anyone under 21, and would be sold by licensed businesses only. Also like booze, it would be illegal to smoke it on the streets.

But, according to UNF, the Floridians polled weren't as keen on this idea as they are with medical marijuana:

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via UNF (click to enlarge)

Five hundred seven registered voters (+/- 4.35 percent) were polled by UNF between March 6, and March 16.

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smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Even though I do not smoke, I see no reason for it to be illegal.  I sometimes work security at a local club, and it is VERY rare to need to toss out a stoner..but those who are drunk, which is legal, is a regular occurrence.

Janice Poole
Janice Poole

Yes! Let's all join together and stand up for Florida's Senior Citizens... I'm from Florida, and in November, 2014, voters can vote "yes on 2" for medical marijuana. But I'm not happy. I feel the President should legalize marijuana or cannabis in all 50 States. But the very best I can pray for is that our Governor Rick Scott will get Marijuana or cannabis legalized in Florida, now that banks can do business with pot. Florida will become the richest state in the USA, if it is legalized here. I can visualize tourism up 100% in the State of Florida. Everybody's heading to Colorado, but how many of you would take your vacation in Florida, if you could smoke some legally here? How many of you would move to Florida? We are sitting on a gold mine in Florida, and the redneck politicians don't get it. So let's say we are successful in getting 60% of the voters to say yes. They don't make people who drink alcohol to have a doctors slip. Make it legal...help our economy, help us. Take us out of the dark ages please. Thank you. Please tell our Governor to just Legalize it in Florida, 100%! https://www.facebook.com/scottforflorida

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.


Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.


Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.


Support Medical Marijuana Now!


"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997


"[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001


"[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998


"Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003


"The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995


"[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995


"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Floridians, 


When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.


Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.


Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.


Support Medical Marijuana Now!


"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997


"[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001


"[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998


"Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003


"The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995


"[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995


"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

Jason Vervlied
Jason Vervlied

There was a better joke about stoning the stoned people here

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