Florida voters will see a medical marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot next month. Florida is one of four states that will be voting on medical marijuana. The other three are North Dakota, Arkansas, and Montana. Montana has had a legal medical marijuana program for a number of years, but is voting to re-establish the program which was essentially gutted by the Montana Legislature, and the changes upheld by the Montana Supreme Court.
A number of polls have shown Florida’s medical marijuana initiative winning, and many by a wide margin. The results of yet another poll were released today, and the results were again very favorable. Per the Tampa Bay Times:
Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they’ll vote for Amendment 2, which would expand medical marijuana in Florida with 18 percent against and 4 percent undecided.
As well, pollsters asked about the level of support for legal marijuana. In all, 40 percent of respondents said they support recreational marijuana, and 45 percent support only medicinal use. Fifteen percent supported no legal cannabis.
The Sunshine State Survey from the University of South Florida on Monday said recreational marijuana has 42 percent support among Floridians.
The recreational component of the survey is a bit confusing to me, in that it sounds like there is 40 or 42 percent support for recreational marijuana legalization according to the poll. Either way, support for medical marijuana is strong, and has been for quite some time now. That of course has made medical marijuana opponents in Florida uneasy, which I’d imagine is why Sheldon Adelson forked over another half a million dollars to the opposition. The most current number show that the opposition has outspent the pro-campaign by a margin of almost 3-1 since September 1st. I’m glad to see that reefer madness isn’t ‘sticking.’