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Poll: Sixty-Four Percent Of Florida Voters Back Constitutional Amendment To Legalize Medical Marijuana

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 2, 2014

    More than 60 percent of Florida voters say that they support Amendment 2, a proposed constitutional amendment to permit cannabis therapy to qualified patients, according to a recently released Gravis Marketing poll.

    Sixty-four percent of respondents said that they would vote in favor of the amendment, up from 50 percent in late June. Twenty-six percent of respondents said that they opposed the measure.

    Because Amendment 2 seeks to amend the state constitution, 60 percent of voters must decide in favor of it before it can be enacted.

    Although previous statewide polls have reported greater support among Floridians in regard to the concept of legalizing medical marijuana, the Gravis survey specifically polled voters on whether or not they endorse Amendment 2.

    Among those polled, 90 percent said that they were either “very likely” or “likely” to vote in the 2014 general election.

    The Gravis Marketing poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

    14 Responses to “Poll: Sixty-Four Percent Of Florida Voters Back Constitutional Amendment To Legalize Medical Marijuana”

    1. Craig says:

      Anyone living in Florida, please help push this before the vote! Getting this, and a few other big votes this November to go our way will really solidify the momentum we’ve got.

      If these should fail however, the momentum we’ve got goes away quick!

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      64% for
      26% against
      10% ???

      Some fine looking numbers.

    3. Eb says:

      That’s fine and dandy for everyone who will benefit from it becoming legal for medical reasons,but what about all of us who just like to smoke it to relax,and enjoy?Why not go ahead and make it legal ,after all this is 2014,we have come a long way.

      [Paul Armentano responds: This is a constitutional amendment. That means it needs 60% + 1 to win. Florida polls do not indicate this level of majority support for broader legalization.]

    4. Steve says:

      @ Eb:

      In an ideal world fully legalization would already be accomplished. However, incremental steps are sometimes a better strategy. The more the populace stops seeing it as a “demon weed” and seeing it normal, the more acceptance it will gain. This has been true for just about every social issue.

      Floridians, as a whole, may not be able to accept full legalization. Medical first and then legalization (or regulation akin to alcohol) is a more prudent strategy to win. Florida tends to be more conservative on social issues than our friends on the west coast, northeast, and inter mountain west.

    5. phrtao says:

      When the 10 % make up their mind those numbers could be –

      74 % for / 26 % against

      or

      64 % for / 36 % against

      either is very good

    6. Julian says:

      Words can’t describe how important this vote is. Please help your family and neighbors get registered early!
      With Florida pushing medicinal legalization firmly over the half way mark for AMerica’s total population this November coinciding with Obama’s last to years in office, the Prohibition Dam will finally burst.
      And while recreational use and hemp will soon follow, it is a majority of states legalizing medicinal use that must challenge the hypocrisy of the ONDCP that uses public funds to deny the medicinal use of cannabis to keep it in schedule 1 status of the C.S.Act; while on the other hand, the Department of Human Social Services owns the patent for cannabinoids as neuroprotectants (U.S. Patent 6630507).
      What intrigues me is will President Obama use these Florida polls as an opportunity to de-schedule Cannabis after Democrats develop a strong platform before November elections? Could these polls create the difference between a Democratic or Republican Senate? Or legalization at the Federal level? It’s going to be a very interesting autumn.

    7. TheOracle says:

      I hope Florida legalizes soon, and it has a reciprocity agreement with other states that have MMJ laws.

      On a similar note this article from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from LancasterOnline, the online edition of the Lancaster newspaper, is notable. Lancaster County is one of the most, if not most, conservative highly populated county in Pennsylvania. It’s known as a Republican stronghold, as well as for the Amish. Lancaster city is the county seat, and is a Democratic. This is a sign that Pennsylvania is ripe to legalize MMJ. There is presently legislation to legalize MMJ in both the state House and state Senate. Members are due to come back off of break shortly, and I am hoping MMJ comes up for a vote and is passed with a Corbett-proof/veto proof number.

      Source:
      http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-officials-may-call-for-legalizing-medical-marijuana/article_504a5aa2-3309-11e4-abb7-001a4bcf6878.html

      Lancaster officials may call for legalizing medical marijuana

      Lancaster officials may call for legalizing medical marijuana

      Leagalizing Marijuana
      Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press

      Marijuana plants grow at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Seattle.

      Lancaster City Hall

      Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 9:26 pm | Updated: 7:11 am, Wed Sep 3, 2014.

      By BERNARD HARRIS | Staff Writer

      Lancaster may become the first municipality in the region to support legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

      On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council members debated a proposed resolution calling for decriminalizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes.

      The non-binding resolution comes as bills are pending in the state legislature.

      A vote could come at council’s next regular meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Southern Market Center, 100 S. Queen Street.

      City Councilman Tim Roschel said he agreed to bring the resolution to council for consideration because of the experience of a friend in Arizona who had cancer.

      The friend’s husband bought her marijuana with a doctors prescription to relieve pain.

      Roschel said he would not have wanted her to be called a criminal.

      Similarly, Council member Pete Soto recalled both his parents dying of cancer. He wished medical marijuana had been available to relieve his mother’s suffering after chemotherapy.

      “The remedy was worse than the disease,” Soto said.

      Marijuana, or cannabis, has been used as a folk remedy for at least 3,000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health.

      According to the Mayo Clinic Health Library and other websites, benefits of medical marijuana include pain relief, preventing nausea caused by chemotherapy, helping HIV patients regain their appetite, reducing the effects of glaucoma and alleviating tremors.

      Former Mountville Mayor Connie Guy, addressing council members Tuesday, said marijuana can be used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, seizures and the fibromyalgia, from which she suffers.

      “We’re not stoner pot-heads,” said Guy. “We’re mothers and fathers and children … and we suffer.”

      The resolution is in support of Senate Bill 1182 and House bill 2182. A council position would come shortly before the Senate is expected to vote on its bill, said supporter Les Stark.

      “We don’t think Lancaster can change a law before the state does, but it can have some influence,” Stark said of the resolution.

      The resolution was drafted by members of the Lancaster chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

      A provision in the draft also called for decriminalizing the possession of a small amount of marijuana.

      It references Philadelphia, which has treated possession of less than one ounce of marijuana as a summary offense since 2010.

      Philadelphia City Council has also passed a provision which lessens the fine for possession to $25.

      Lancaster City Council member James Reichenbach agreed.

      “I think alcohol is significantly worse than marijuana. I can’t fathom why people can go to a bar and get drunk but go to jail for having a joint,” he said.

      Yet, council members weighed whether to limit their resolution strictly to the medical marijuana issue before state legislators.

      “I feel the same as everyone else,” Council President John Graupera said of possession of small amounts. “But, it’s baby steps,” he said.

      Roschel said he would contact absent council members Louise Williams and Barbara Wilson before deciding whether to include the possession provision in the resolution.

      He is hoping for a unified voice from the seven-member body.

    8. Me says:

      Lets hope we don’t screw up another election/voting session, I don’t want to hear any excuses of this not passing like misaligned voting sections in some areas.

    9. Fed-Up says:

      Florida,home of the “dimpled chad” crisis, that could of cost Gore his presidency in the year 2000.Of course, to make sure that kind of chaos would never happen again, we switched over to the Diebold voting machines,so we could fell more secure.

      No algorithmic -vote flipping, shenanigans, needed.

      Lets play fair boys!.lol

    10. Joel Anglin says:

      I hope for the end of marijuana prohibition.

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