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Florida Voters Overwhelmingly Support Medical Marijuana

By: Allison Nielsen | Posted: May 5, 2014 8:30 AM
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Floridians continue to throw their weight behind medical marijuana, with a new poll showing nearly 90 percent of voters are in favor of using the drug for medical purposes.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning found 88 percent of Floridians support allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if a doctor prescribes it. Only 10 percent were opposed.

Medical marijuana didn’t just gather support in one age group, either -- support was over 80 percent in all ages surveyed, showing medical use of the drug is widely supported among all Floridians.

Eighty-four percent of Floridians aged 65 or older said they would support medical marijuana.

Democrats favored medical marijuana at a slightly higher percentage than Republicans, with 93 percent saying they favor of it. Eighty percent of Republicans said they felt the same way.

The poll also found more than half of voters -- 53 percent -- support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Forty-two percent were opposed.

There was a stark age divide for recreational use of marijuana, however, with more men than women supporting it and more Floridians aged 18-29 supporting legalization. Nearly three-quarters of voters in this age group -- 72 percent -- said they would support recreational use of marijuana, while 24 percent were opposed.

“If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “With almost nine in 10 voters favoring legalization for medical purposes, and bills allowing such use advancing in the state Legislature, the odds seem pretty good Florida may join the states which already have done so.”

Just last week, the Florida Legislature passed a bill to legalize a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes. The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Scott, who has already said he’ll sign it into law.



Reach Tampa-based reporter Allison Nielsen at Allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonNielsen.

Comments (15)

joey
10:49AM MAY 7TH 2014
Still cracking up at the only loon who said marijuana is "more" harmful than tobacco. Lord help us!
C-Breeze
9:02AM MAY 6TH 2014
Bring it Florida (sniff, sniff). I got no job because bosses keep thinking I'm a drugee. You should start by legalizing marijuana in Tallahassee cause the legislators would relax more, and they have no bosses anyway; THEN they could legalize it for EVERYBODY and then NONE of us would have to work....Ahhhh, utopian paradise (Pssst, Wanna buy a joint ?)
Bernard Long
7:08AM MAY 6TH 2014
What else can one expect from FL voters? Remember, these morons voted for Obama TWICE. I wonder if they know that pot is more dangerous than tobacco and causes brain damage.
Bernard Long is brainwashed
9:16AM MAY 6TH 2014
And fl voted for Jeb Bush. And we all know how corrupt the Bush's are
Bernard Long is brainwashed
9:14AM MAY 6TH 2014
Can you show us your research that allowed you to come to that conclusion? Real scientists would disagree with you
Dean
8:37AM MAY 6TH 2014
You have done what most of the opponents to Amendment 2 are doing. Take a tiny bit of truth, mis-use it, wrap it in a big lie and wrap that in an insult. Somehow that makes you smarter and correct?
RepublicanConscience
7:05AM MAY 6TH 2014
When you have the First Bitch running around declaring war on sugared drinks, it seems silly to consider marijuana medical or otherwise.
machine-equal
9:01AM MAY 6TH 2014
Michelle Obama is clearly more intelligent and better-mannered than you.
darlene jackson
6:17PM MAY 5TH 2014
My son committed suicide, after stopping the use of marijuana cold turkey.
It was the ONLY WAY he could stop his racing mind and sleep at night. Thereafter he was put on heavy doses of antidepressants, anxiety meds, and sleep meds. My baby was dead in less than 2wks, by his own hand. If he could have used pot, and been able to KEEP HIS JOB - HE'D STILL BE ALIVE.
Dean
9:14PM MAY 5TH 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. Every story like yours rips away a bit if my spirit. It is why I have fought for Medical Marijuana for several years. Long before Morgan made the passage possible. Best Wishes. Bblessed
Brian Kelly
12:55PM MAY 5TH 2014
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
JOE KREPS
11:30AM MAY 5TH 2014
Please checkout Legalizeit.us website and Fb page.
Andrew Keith
11:05AM MAY 5TH 2014
Please LIKE CANNABIZU on Facebook and support medical marijuana.
BossIlluminati
9:12AM MAY 5TH 2014
the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

"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, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...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 and 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
Dean
8:49AM MAY 5TH 2014
Does not one have to wonder why our elected representatives did not even consider the Kathy Jordan Medical Marijuana Act? Several other items with much less support were considered and some passed. Seems that the partisan politicians do not really care what Floridians want and would rather follow their partisan agendas. No matter what your politics are I ask that everybody go out in November and vote YES on Amendment 2 and make all strains of Medical Marijuana legal for all of the patients it will help. Thank You

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