Poll says 84% of Floridians want medical marijuana

April 7th, 2015 by Staff

The most recent poll says 14% oppose it and 2% are undecided.

(WESH.COM) ORLANDO, Fla. – Months after a medical marijuana amendment failed on the ballot in Florida, a new poll shows an overwhelming majority of voters support it.

The Quinnipac University poll shows 84 percent of people support legalizing medical marijuana, 14 percent oppose it and 2 percent are undecided. The numbers are similar to what we saw in polls before last year’s election.

The difference next year could be simple: More people and more Democrats who tend to support medical cannabis are expected to turn out in a presidential election year.

Peter Brown, from Quinnipiac University, said it all comes down to one thing.

“Will the electorate in 2016 be different enough that it will make a difference in terms of meeting the threshold?” he said.
“I think it is going to help a lot of people, so I could not see why we would say no to it,” said voter Mary Kostka.

“I am a little bit hesitant in voting for it until I read a little bit more and know a little bit more about its benefits for, you know, cancer patients or any other patients who seem to need it,” said voter Charles Knighton.

Attorney John Morgan bankrolled the 2014 campaign, and his group, United for Care, said it already has 50,000 petition signatures of the nearly 700,000 needed to put medical cannabis back on the ballot.

They’re doing so even as lawmakers debate several bills that would expand medical marijuana use, beyond the use of low-THC oil that was approved last year.

“Once this legislative session is over, we are ready to ramp that up and really hit the ground running should the Legislature not do much to help our sick and suffering population,” said Bianca Garza, with United For Care.

When asked if adults should be allowed “to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” 55 percent supported it and 42 were against it.

Seventeen percent of voters said they “definitely” or “probably” would use marijuana, while 81 percent say they “probably” or “definitely” would not.

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