A new Quinnipiac University poll has found that an overwhelming majority of Florida voters support the legalization of medical cannabis, with a majority also being in support of legalizing recreational cannabis.
According to the poll, 88% of Florida voters support allowing adults to legally use medical cannabis if a doctor prescribes it, with just 10% opposed. Support was strong among all age groups, including being supported by 84% of those 65 and older.
A majority of Florida voters were also found to be in support of legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes, 53% to 42%.
According to the poll, only 12% of voters in Florida believe cannabis to be more dangerous than alcohol, and 45% admit to having used cannabis at least once in their life, with that number highest among those aged 50 to 64, with 62% in that age group having tried cannabis.
“If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily,” said Brown. “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.”
Florida’s Legislature recently approved a measure legalizing low-THC cannabis extracts for medical purposes; the measure has been sent to Governor Rick Scott, who says he will sign it into law. This November Florida voters will have the opportunity to legalize medical cannabis, including dispensaries, through a vote on Amendment 2.