Florida Supports Medical Marijuana 9-1, According to Poll

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Floridians have been supporting the idea of legalized medical marijuana since the idea of it getting onto the ballot was brought up. With each successive poll, Florida has shown a growing support for medical weed.

Now the latest Quinnipiac poll released Monday gives us the clearest picture to changing attitudes. According to the survey, nearly 90 percent of Floridians polled say they back the legalization of medical marijuana.

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

According to Quinnipiac, voters support legal medical weed 88 to 10 percent. Voters who identified themselves as 65 years old or older support is 83 to 14 percent, while the younger demo -- 18- to 29-year-olds -- support it an overwhelming 95 to 5 percent.

Legalized medical marijuana is even highly supported among Republicans. The poll says Republican voters support medical marijuana 80 to 19 percent.

Additionally, 55 percent of voters favor a legalization of pot for recreational uses, much as states like Colorado do, according to the poll.

From Quinnipiac:

There is a wide gender gap and an even wider age gap: Men back recreational marijuana 61 to 36 percent, while women back it 49 to 45 percent. Voters 18 to 29 years old are ready to roll 72 to 25, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 59 to 36 percent.

The numbers have always seemed to favor the legalization on medical marijuana in Florida. But the Quinnipiac poll seems to be looking at people's overall attitudes. And those attitudes seem to more and more be reflecting national trends.

This includes 71 percent of Floridians who say they would support having a marijuana dispensary in the town or city they live in.

"Forget the stereotypes of stodgy old folks living out their golden years playing canasta and golf," assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, Peter Brown said, via their site. "Almost nine-in-ten Floridians favor legalizing medical marijuana, and a small majority says adults should be able to possess small amounts of the drug for recreational purposes."

There, of course, remains strong opposition to medical marijuana in Florida, particularly in groups like the Florida Sheriffs Association and Drug Free Florida, which have launched a staunch anti-Amendment 2 campaign called "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot."

But even the group's biggest donor's own research group has found that medical marijuana does indeed help those who suffer from debilitating diseases.

Groups like the FSA have leaned away from citing medical stats, instead going after the amendment itself, saying it's fraught with the kind of legal loopholes that would make all pot legal throughout Florida.

Advocates for Amendment 2 say there's no way any of this would be the case.

"If there was any doubt, the Florida Supreme Court has already ruled that the amendment will only be used in cases of debilitating illness," United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara told New Times. "The purpose of the amendment is to allow the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician."

At the moment, the poll numbers seem to indicate legalized medical marijuana is almost upon us in Florida.

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sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13


1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD = Can't Be Done), sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

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This is great news!  However, don't let it get you comfortable and complacent with it passing!   We NEED EVERYONE to get out to VOTE YES on #2!

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