A new Quinnipiac University poll released today has found that an overwhelming majority of Florida voters are in support of legalizing medical cannabis, and a majority also supports the legalization of recreational cannabis.
According to the poll, an astonishing 88% of Florida voters favor medical cannabis being legalized, with just 10% opposed to the move. The poll results come with the general election in November being just around the corner, where Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize the possession, use and state-licensed distribution and cultivation of medical cannabis.
The survey found support for medical cannabis to be strong in all age groups, including being supported by 83% of those 65 and older. Although Democrats support the move more than Republican at 94%, eight out of ten Republicans were found to be in support.
“Forget the stereotypes of stodgy old folks living out their golden years playing canasta and golf,” says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “Almost nine- in-ten Floridians favor legalizing medical marijuana and a small majority says adults should be able to possess small amounts of the drug for recreational purposes.” He continues; “Even though a proposal to legalize medical marijuana, on the ballot this November, must meet a 60 percent threshold, these numbers make a strong bet the referendum is likely to pass”.
When asked whether or not they would support a legal medical cannabis dispensary in their town, 71% of voters said yes, with 26% saying no.
“No ‘Not in My Backyard’ mentality here. By an almost 3-1 majority, Florida voters would allow a medical marijuana dispensary near where they live,” says Brown.
55% of Florida voters were also found to be in support of legalizing recreational, with 41% opposed.
The full poll can be found by clicking here.