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

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If polls mean anything at all, Florida is going to be legalizing medical marijuana come next year.

In March, a University of North Florida poll said 74 percent of Floridians support and will vote "yes" for Proposition 2 in November, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana.

On Monday, Quinnipiac University released a poll that finds 88 percent of Florida voters support the amendment. This coming on the heels of Charlotte's Web, a low-THC strain of medical cannabis that helps children with epilepsy, passing the Florida Senate.

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

"If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily," says assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, Peter A. Brown, via a release.

In addition to seeing the majority supporting the legalization of medical weed, a good portion of those polled say they'd support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of pot for recreational use by a 53-42 percent majority.

More men than women favored recreational weed, 58 to 38 percent, while women seem divided on the issue, with 48 percent for and 46 percent opposed.

Recreational marijuana seems to be more popular with younger voters and got a more conservative approach the older those polled got.

Voters 18 to 29 years old support recreational marijuana 72 to 24 percent, while voters aged 30 to 64 support it in smaller margins. Polled voters who are over 65 years old opposed 61 to 33 percent.

Of course, we're probably a long way off from any kind of recreational weed being legalized in Florida. Though the Quinnipiac poll numbers are interesting.

That's not for lack of trying either. In March, Sen. Dwight Bullard filed a bill that, had it passed, would've allowed 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 as alcohol. 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 consume it on the streets.

The bill, of course, died.

Still, the passing of Charlotte's Web and the constant polls showing a majority of Floridians supporting the legalization of medical marijuana is a step forward for those who want to see it come to fruition.

Even in the face of seemingly strong opposition, the real challenge for proponents of medical marijuana would seem to be getting people to the polls come November.


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Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue

".....passed, would've allowed 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 as alcohol. 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 consume it on the streets. The bill, of course, died....." are you talking about HB 1039? i've been following the progress, i didn't realize it had been shot down so quickly.....

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

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

@BrianKelly

I'm in favor of Medical Marijuana, especially Charlotte's Web, and support the passage of that law. 

"In addition to seeing the majority supporting the legalization of medical weed, a good portion of those polled say they'd support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of pot for recreational use by a 53-42 percent majority."

This is the part I don't like for the reason I stated below.

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