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Florida Poll: Majority Of Voters Back Legalization, Super-Majority Endorse Medical Cannabis

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 5, 2014

    Nearly nine out of ten Floridians support legalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and a majority support allowing adults to possess the plant for any purpose, according to the results of a statewide Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters.

    Fifty-three percent of voters support “allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.” Forty-two percent of respondents opposed the idea.

    When Florida voters were polled in 2013, only 48 percent of respondents backed legalizing the plant.

    Independents (61 percent), Democrats (59 percent), and men (58 percent) were most likely to endorse legalization, while women (48 percent) and Republicans (33 percent) were least supportive.

    When asked whether patients ought to be able to access cannabis for medicinal purposes, public support rose to 88 percent. This November, Florida voters will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to legalize and regulate the dispensing of cannabis to authorized patients. Because the measure seeks to amend the state constitution, 60 percent of voters must decide in favor of it before it may be enacted.

    According to the poll, 45 percent of Florida voters — including 62 percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64 — acknowledge having tried cannabis.

    The survey possesses a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

    24 Responses to “Florida Poll: Majority Of Voters Back Legalization, Super-Majority Endorse Medical Cannabis”

    1. MEXWEED says:

      Rising percentages “acknowledge having tried cannabis” but– more polling needed– how many have TRIED VAPORIZATION?

      How many know the difference between a VAPORIZER and H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide “joints” causing toxic-combustion illness widely attributed to the cannabis?

      How many know how to VAPORIZE with a cheap hand-made flexible-drawtube one-hitter?

    2. Bryan says:

      If you are thinking of being a grower or dispensary in Florida … Beware ! The Florida Legislature has enacted a law which allows ONLY 4 or 5 cultivation areas AND these same growers would be THE ONLY distribution spots in the whole state … AND to grow/sell you must have been an active licensed nursery for 30 years in Florida ! Currently this only applies to the CBD bill, however, I believe this is the MODEL they will try to put in place when Amendment 2 passes. A legislator was quoted yesterday as saying that they have NO INTENTION of creating a new industry in Florida. They don’t like medical marijuana but they can read the polls, they will try to regulate/limit this as much as they can ! Billions of dollars would ONLY be spread among a select small group of large AGRA FARMS ! The only way to avoid this is to let Tallahassee know that we are on to their game.. and if they don’t rethink how the $$$ will be spread around … Whatever legislators are in support of limiting the Amendment that way will be direct targets for UN ELECTION !

      [Paul Armentano responds: The requirements put forward by the legislature in regards to allowing physicians to recommend CBD and for growers to be licensed to cultivate it (e.g., $5 million performance bond) are so onerous they are likely unworkable: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1030/Amendment/329511/PDF.

    3. Fireweed says:

      it’ll be legal all over the place in a few years. Now that weed has been given a chance to see the light of day the truth about it can come out. Years from now we’ll look back and laugh at the absurd laws that were on the books “back then.”

    4. Ruben Jesus Hernandez says:

      Why cannabis is illegal …

      1) Some people have very little knowledge of the plant and are therefore irrationally scared of it.

      2) They like to lock people up and have an easy reason to do so.

      3) Evil people don’t want the masses to have the medical benefits of cannabis and its cannabinoids and to be healthy.

      4) Cannabis hemp provides an alternative via bio fuels, cannabis oils, and many other products therefore reducing the need for crude oil and creating competition to petroleum products.

      5) Prohibiton produces an underground monopoly on cannabis providing higher prices, bigger profits, and fewer competion to the cartels that sell it.

      6) They like to scar people’s records with mistemeanors and felonies trying to make life harder for people.

      7) Prohibition provides big business for private prisons, lawyers, attorneys, police, judges, politicians, etc.

      8) Medical marijuana programs create another form of monopoly by limiting freedom. Money made on doctor vists, cannabis cards, they only allow dispensaries in certain areas causing some people to travel long distances, and they only allow a select few to operate dispensaries. They make you pay a fee upfront to get a cannabis card and make you see a doctor and pay to renew it every year.

      Evil people enforcing evil unjust laws.

      Legalize Cannabis Freedom !

    5. JAY says:

      Bryan, check out Illinois cluster f***.

    6. roland says:

      ~ i dont know much bud would like to try out a few things on a scientific level could a plants roots an growth system be boosted in a quality environment (wth the use of an old small wattage adjustable train transformer) spiked unto the root system (an is there a company out there that could develope a pot seed bb gun) an create a u tube video on the how to that would get more out to season

    7. Galileo Galilei says:

      The Florida population includes lots of elderly folks. (I think this is still the case.) We old folks have lots of aches and pains. I wonder if the super majority in favor of medical marijuana means the truth about our noble weed is getting out?

    8. Flying Dutchman says:

      As a retired vet living for 15 years in Florida’s biggest retirement community, The Villages, I can honestly say, I don’t know a single retiree here who is opposed to Medical Marijuana. Actually more than half are also in favor of legalizing and taxing it. As conservative as the political winds usually blow here, there is a clear, rapidly growing respect being accorded Marijuana as a natural, God-given answer to many of the problems facing our aging friends and family. It knows NO political allegiance and hence its acceptance is growing very, very quickly. Thanks to all who have helped move this mountain.

    9. Julian says:

      Florida,
      Please get people out to register and vote! You will tip the scales over a %50 U.S. majority for marijuana legalization this November! This means critical advantages in Congress and the Supreme Court. Its up to you, Florida!

    10. Katrina says:

      Vote yes on Amendment 2! Vote! Vote! Vote!

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