57 Percent of Floridians Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

medicalmarijana.jpg
With 14 states and the District of Colombia allowing the legal medical use of marijuana, acceptance of the issue is steadily growing in America. A new poll shows that 57 percent of Floridians support legalization of medical marijuana as buzz grows that the issue could be placed on the ballot as soon as 2012.

Bob Norman reports that the poll was conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, a Republican firm that worked with Rick Scott's gubernatorial campaign. The pollsters asked point blank: "If there was a Constitutional Amendment on the statewide ballot to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes only when prescribed by a practicing physician and the election were held today, would you vote YES to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes or NO to stop it?"

Fifty-seven percent said they would vote yes (roughly 41 percent said they definitely would, and about 17 percent said they probably would). A recent ABC News poll shows that across the nation, 81 percent of voters support medical marijuana. It's possible this poll might even be conservative in estimating support.

Norman reports that such an amendment could come to the ballot in 2012, but 60 percent of voters would need to check yes for such a measure to pass.

Although there wasn't a big statistical difference based on gender and race, slightly more women were supportive of the measure than men. Fifity-nine percent of whites, 58 percent of Hispanics, and 55 percent of blacks would vote yes.

Voters in Miami would support the measure at 58 percent, but West Palm has the biggest munchies for medical marijuana, with 73 percent. Seventy-nine percent of voters 18 to 24 would vote yes, while even a majority of voters 65 and older are supportive of the measure, at 53 percent.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.
My Voice Nation Help
22 comments
pharmaceutical licensing
pharmaceutical licensing

The information you shared in the post is very informative for me. I too agree with you that Marijuana is used to make the medicines which help in the treatment of many health hazards and one need license to grow it.

Vazqvezmario
Vazqvezmario

yea  vote  vote this november plzz let ur voice be heard everyone counts VOTEVOTEVOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!           regulate it tax it control it were in the year 2011 not1986......the war on marijuana is a waste of time and money.     vote let urself count.

FLORIDAPROP12
FLORIDAPROP12

SIGN THE PETITION!! WWW.PUFMM.ORG  PEOPLE OR FLORIDA UNITED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA !!!!  YOU CAN NOT VOTE FOR IT IF IT'S NOT ON THE BALLOT, PEOPLE!  =)

DEAisaJOKE
DEAisaJOKE

LEGALIZE. It is a harmless plant, no reason spending resources to catch a couple kids with a bag of weed when there are harder drugs that actually hurt people.

malika shamsid-deen
malika shamsid-deen

Please put the raw ganja on the ballot please I can use it for my medical problem!

Henryjordan53
Henryjordan53

I am a 57 year old Florida resident. I was a jeweler & business owner for 32 years, but now I'm on SSDI disability, disabled now for 9 years. I can no longer work due to chronic pain, numbness and headaches that I suffer from the time I wake up, till the time I go to sleep. My debilitating pain is caused by degenerative disc disease (MRI verified). As a pain patient, I take large amounts of doctor prescribed pain pills (percocet). I would rather take a natural product that may give me relief. Currently, I don't consume marijuana but if I had the legal choice, I would certainly give it a try to see if it would help me. No, I'm not a bum or a stoner, but I am for the legalization of Medical Marijuana. I pray that America stops criminalizing it's citizens over this prohibition. I urge everyone to study the science, not the Reefer Madness propaganda that the US government is telling us. Marijuana is amazingly beneficial as medicine, food, fuel, clothes and much more. Let's make the law work for us, not against us. It's time to legalize, tax and regulate it. Come on Florida voters... advocate and vote to legalize Florida Medical Marijuana.

atreyablue
atreyablue

This will be devastating for police officers. who otherwise would not have a job. Busting people for possession of marijuana is a big source of income. legalizing medical Marijuana would cause allot less criminal activity and also sadly cause layoffs of cops.

Eensana
Eensana

You think marijuana is addictive...how about all the pills from doctors ...what do you think these pills do to people LOL!!!

Eensana
Eensana

Much better than the medications the doctors and government hand out...you ever think of that. The side effects from the medications for pain etc. outway marijuana.

jsknow
jsknow

'If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.' ~Thomas Jefferson.

Watch Irvin Rosenfeld who gets his marijuana from the Federal Government destroy all the lies about marijuana consumers being lazy and unproductive. Watch him destroy all the lies about long term heavy marijuana use being harmful. Learn the truth about marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Listen to these high ranking narcotics officers expose the harms and waste of the drug war. Learn the truth about the drug war. It is a FAILED HARMFUL UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNLAWFUL VIOLENT WAR AGAINST NONVIOLENT CITIZENS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

The World Health Organization Documents Failure of U.S. Drug Policies: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/...

Governor Rick Scott is certainly on the right track by looking into the medical benefits of marijuana, they are well documented and numerous for ailments ranging from very mild to severe. Marijuana has proven to be both safe and effective for an almost innumerable list of ailments. Because of marijuana being safer than virtually every Rx or over the counter medication on the market, the potential benefits from this low cost, (virtually free if you grow your own) medicine is almost endless. Criminalizing possession, use and sale of this natural plant is nothing short of a criminal act by tyrants seeking to oppress We The People and to promote the profits of crooked corporations that buy many crooked politicians and through their financial support, keep them in office.

If you doubt marijuana is good medicine read Granny Storm Crow’s List: http://forum.grasscity.com/med... It’s more like a library than a list!

Our new Governor would also be very wise to look into the GREEN job producing potential of marijuana/hemp/cannabis. In addition to its benefits as medicine and marijuana being about as safe of a recreational drug as anyone could ever ask for, this amazing plant can also produce fuel, paper, fabric, building materials and over 50,000 superior and more environmentally friendly products than products in use today. The two articles and the free online book linked below go into much more detail about this truly amazing God given plant. There is almost no doubt that after you read them, you will much better understand why marijuana prohibition has been so fiercely promoted by certain major corporations that fear competition from this natural GREEN plant.

No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read: MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. Click the links to those titles on this webpage: Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/ho... All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/in...

If you think marijuana prohibition has anything to do with the imaginary, false, fabricated, alleged harms from using marijuana as a recreational drug, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED!

Mass marches seem to get Government attention a lot better than when We The People send email, make phone calls or even make appointments to meet with our elected public servants. Protest marches seem to say “hey, we’re serious about this” in the most effective way. A wise man told me long ago to: “do what works”. If we do it right, peaceful demonstrations can be a lot of fun too. So, what do you think? Will “boots on the ground” from the Constitutionally supported opposition to the “war on drugs”, (which is really a violent vicious illegal war against nonviolent citizens and a war on everyone’s Constitutional rights and freedom) end this violent unconstitutional war once and for all? Anyone interested in taking strong peaceful patriotic action and keeping it up until we win? I’m sure the news media will cover these events if we get enough people to show up.

How Governor Scott responds to our call for Constitutional Government will certainly expose his position on Constitutional Government. Whether or not you’re willing to participate will certainly define your patriotic values too. So, are you going to do something or just stand there and bleed? Are you a patriot or are you a slave, willing to conform to any legislation written, regardless of its Constitutionality?

This is not about the right to use a drug or even the right to grow and/or sell a natural God given plant. This is all about demanding to be governed by the text of the supreme law of the land rather than continuing to be ruled over by unconstitutional tyrants doing the bidding of crooked corporations.

Joshua Giesegh
Joshua Giesegh

If you people want it to happen, you NEED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!

JOIN US!!

We are bringing Medical Marijuana to Florida and we need your help!!

PUFMM.org

classifier
classifier

Don't do it. There are plenty of safer alternate drugs that do not invite criminal abuse.

Buster3256
Buster3256

writeing a pun-laden report like that about this topic is not right. People have to make a choice between being sick and going to jail in your state Kyle. That is just pretty messed up to be mocking them like that.

jsknow
jsknow

Don't tread on medicine and when it comes to what adults put in their own body, as long as they do no harm to others, don't tread on PATRIOTS!

The more voters that learn the truth the better! After they learn the truth about marijuana and the drug war 80% support rationally regulating marijuana instead of prohibiting it. Virtually all the drug war propaganda is nothing but pure lies.

'If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.' ~Thomas Jefferson

From: http://www.jackherer.com/thebo..."Eli Lilly, Pfizer and others stand to lose at least a third of their entire, highly profitable, patent monopoly on such drugs as Darvon, Tuinal, Seconal, and Prozac (as well as other patented medications ranging from muscle ointments to burn ointments, to thousands of other products) because of a plant anyone can grow: cannabis hemp.

Isn’t it curious that American drug companies and pharmacist groups supply almost half the funding for the 4,000 Families Against Marijuana type organizations in America? The other half is supplied by Action (a federal VISTA agency) and by tobacco companies like Philip Morris, and by liquor and beer makers like Anheuser Busch, Coors, etc., or as a public service by the ad agencies that represent them. End quote.

Simply stated, the Federal Government is conspiring with pharmaceutical companies, alcohol companies and tobacco companies and is using unconstitutional Federal marijuana prohibition laws to insure that you needlessly buy products that have been proven beyond any shadow of doubt to be harmful and often deadly, instead of allowing you to legally grow and/or buy a nontoxic plant that is safe and effective. Meanwhile uncle SHAM forces unconstitutional healthcare legislation on you and threatens to severely punish you if you don’t buy mandatory health insurance.

The vast majority of problems attributed to marijuana are actually problems directly and completely caused by marijuana PROHIBITION!

How many more lives have to be ruined by marijuana PROHIBITION before We The People step up and legalize marijuana?

Anyone that wants marijuana is already getting it. Legalizing and rationally regulating marijuana is not adding another harmful intoxicant to society, legalizing gives people the legal opportunity to make the SAFER CHOICE! Alcohol, tobacco, many Rx drugs, many over the counter drugs, even caffeine, aspirin and non-aspirin, can all be deadly and are well documented as being the direct cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths in the USA every year! NO ONE EVER DIED FROM MARIJUANA and they never will marijuana is NONTOXIC! Many have died from marijuana PROHIBITION! http://www.opposingviews.com/i...

Why is the most useful plant known illegal? It’s illegal because crooked corporations that buy crooked politicians fear competition from superior, safer and more environmentally friendly hemp products and because the Government loves to oppress jail and steal from the people! Alcohol, tobacco, petroleum, cotton, timber, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few, all see marijuana as unwanted competition. The best way for We The People to regain our Constitutional rights and liberties is to demand a complete ban on corporate lobbying. We are supposed to have Government of, for and by THE PEOPLE, not of, for and by corporations! Corporations are NOT people!

Marijuana does not cause aggressive behavior. Marijuana does not cause dangerous driving. Marijuana does not cause cancer, brain damage or any serious health problems. Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids away from marijuana, illegal dealers don’t ask for ID. Marijuana is not a “gateway drug”, there is absolutely NOTHING about marijuana that causes people to use other drugs. Marijuana is not addictive. In fact marijuana is one of the safest substances known! Marijuana is SAFER than many foods we consume and give to our kids all the time! Exactly what good is this prohibition doing and who is benefiting from it?

LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND REGULATE IT LIKE POTATOES, CORN OR ANY OTHER SAFE NATURAL PLANT/CROP!

NO NEW TAXES!

Why should a substance that is far SAFER than aspirin ONLY be legal for those that have a serious ailment? Why should people be forced to use FDA approved poisons instead of a far safer more effective natural plant? Why should a plant that is SAFER than potatoes be regulated and taxed as if it was as dangerous as alcohol? Eating a couple of raw potatoes can give you a toxic reaction but marijuana is nontoxic. Why should people have their kids taken away from them when nontoxic marijuana is found in their home while far more harmful, even deadly substances are all over the house? Why should anyone be concerned about people using NONTOXIC marijuana when they have hundreds of far more dangerous and often deadly LEGAL substances under their kitchen sink, in their kitchen cabinets, in their medicine cabinets and in their garage? If adults can use those dangerous, even deadly substances safely, does any logical person really think they can't use NONTOXIC marijuana safely and keep their kids safe without Government being involved or a Rx from a Dr? Marijuana is one of the SAFEST and most beneficial substances known to mankind!

All major authorities agree that the vast majority of so called “drug-related” violent crime is caused by the prohibition of drugs, rather than the drugs themselves. It was the same during alcohol prohibition. Alcohol prohibition created violent criminal organizations just like every other drug prohibition has. These violent crimes should be labeled PROHIBITION RELATED, not drug related. Ending alcohol prohibition is exactly why you don’t see shootouts over that drug trade any more. THE YEAR ALCOHOL PROHIBITION ENDED VIOLENT CRIME FELL BY 65%! Marijuana accounts for roughly half of the entire illegal drug trade. Legalizing this one nontoxic plant that it is impossible to overdose on will take away HALF of all the illegal drug money that is funding ALL the illegal drug dealers.

There has NEVER been even one case of marijuana causing cancer. In fact: "Harvard study released on April 17, 2007 shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread!" http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_m...

“What about the kids?” Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids from using marijuana! Illegal dealers don’t ask for ID! Ask any teen if its easier for them to get marijuana or alcohol. Would you rather have your kid locked up with killers and child molesters, or would you prefer to do your own parenting? Do you really believe an arrest record on a drug charge that will follow them for life and possibly a criminal conviction record on a drug charge that will follow them for life is going to help little Mary and little Johnny be stellar successful citizens?

“What about marijuana causing car accidents?”The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine document that MARIJUANA DOES NOT CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING: http://peaceandloveism.com/for... (read the article not just the link!)

Google MARIJUANA DRIVING STUDY. You'll see 2 common findings:1. Drivers under the influence of marijuana are VERY SLIGHTLY impaired.2. Unlike those under the influence of alcohol, marijuana consumers are aware they are VERY SLIGHTLY impaired and they CONSISTENTLY ADEQUATELY COMPENSATE by slowing down a little and being a little more cautious. That doesn’t mean they get in the fast lane on the interstate and drive 15 miles per hour. Marijuana makes you cautious, not crazy! Those Cheech and Chong movies were comedies, NOT documentaries!

http://www.jackherer.com/thebo... "In the 1920s and 30s, Hearst's newspapers DELIBERATELY MANUFACTURED a new threat to America and a new yellow journalism campaign to have hemp outlawed. For example, a story of a car accident in which a marijuana cigarette was found would dominate the headlines for weeks, while alcohol-related car accidents (which outnumbered marijuana-connected accidents by more than 10,000 to 1) made only the back pages. This same theme of marijuana leading to car accidents was burned into the minds of Americans over and over again..."

The only marijuana/driving issue that matters is: Does using marijuana cause accidents? The answer is: NO! Not on the road and not in the workplace either!

Want your freedom back? Legalize marijuana! That will take away Uncle ”Sham’s” most common excuse to trash the Constitution and pretend like the Government is protecting you from a plant that has never killed anyone of any age in all of recorded history anywhere on planet earth!

The Constitutional right to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and others have been unjustly denied to tens of millions of Americans in the name of the drug war.

On March 22, 1972 the Richard Nixon-appointed, 13-member National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, concluding, “[Marijuana's] relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it.” Richard Nixon chose to ignore the advice of his own well qualified, expensive, taxpayer funded, commission and start the modern escalation of criminalizing marijuana consumers. The lies he promoted have done much harm! He started the “war on drugs”, which is actually a violent unconstitutional war against nonviolent citizens, which are no threat to their selves or society and a war on everyone’s Constitutional rights and liberties.

In 1988, after reviewing all the scientific evidence presented in a lengthy lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, the DEA’s own administrative law judge (Judge Francis Young) wrote:“MARIJUANA, IN ITS NATURAL FORM, IS ONE OF THE SAFEST THERAPEUTICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES KNOWN. IN STRICT MEDICAL TERMS, MARIJUANA IS SAFER THAN MANY FOODS WE COMMONLY CONSUME.”

Judge young's "Opinion and recommended ruling, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision of Administrative Law Judge", also said:

"7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana's LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

8. At present it is estimated that marijuana's LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity."

Watch Irvin Rosenfeld who gets his marijuana from the Federal Government destroy all the lies about marijuana consumers being lazy and unproductive. Watch him destroy all the lies about long term heavy marijuana use being harmful. Learn the truth about marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Listen to these high ranking narcotics officers expose the harms and waste of the drug war. Learn the truth about the drug war. It is a FAILED HARMFUL UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNLAWFUL VIOLENT WAR AGAINST NONVIOLENT CITIZENS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

The World Health Organization Documents Failure of U.S. Drug Policies: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/...

Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality: http://www.salem-news.com/arti... This is a great example of information the drug war prohibitionists suppress every way they can. If babies are getting natural cannabis like substances in mother’s breast milk, do you still believe marijuana is harmful at any age?

If you want a good look at how far the government will go to promote its illegal anti-marijuana drug war message read this: http://www.salon.com/news/feat...

Protestant, Catholic and Jewish Clergy Speak Out Against The War On Drugs: http://www.csdp.org/news/news/...

Watch this documentary about marijuana curing cancer! There are 7 parts, watch them all! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

If you doubt marijuana is good medicine read: Granny Storm Crow’s Listhttp://forum.grasscity.com/med... It’s more like a library than a list!

No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read: MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. Click the links to those titles on this webpage:Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/ho... All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/in...

If you think marijuana prohibition has anything to do with the imaginary, false, fabricated, alleged harms from using marijuana as a recreational drug, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED!

Put Ron Paul in the Whitehouse in 2012 or sooner! Search his name on youtube and listen to what he has to say straight from his own mouth! He represents We The people and the Constitution better than ANY Federal representative we have!

Jillian
Jillian

If we are indeed "free" people then we are free to demand an immediate end to this ridiculous "prohibition"! To say nothing, to be uneducated is NOT the American way!!

Marijuana has repeatedly been proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or overdoses, and its addictive potential is about on par with coffee. The DEA is 100% misinformed when it calls marijuana "extremely harmful"!

The marijuana prohibition empowers drug dealers and the cartels, and makes our children LESS safe! Because of the failings of the prohibition, our children now have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol! We parents have been patient long enough, we must speak up and demand that marijuana be legally sold to adults in gas stations and supermarkets just as beer and wine are today!

We need laws based on logic, not ideology! We need to end Richard Nixon's failed marijuana prohibition and Legalize Adult Marijuana Sales!!

Debbie
Debbie

you must not suffer daily with chronic pain..if you did you would want something besides the chemicals that are damaging your organs.

atreyablue
atreyablue

We all know this drug is about as safe as they get, and that it wouldn't invite criminal abuse if it were allowed, but my point is.this will be devastating for police officers. who otherwise would not have a job. Busting people for possession of marijuana is a big source of income. legalizing medical Marijuana would cause allot less criminal activity and also sadly cause layoffs of cops.

knowa1
knowa1

The only crimes are those with blood on their hand the cops and prohibitionist

Lagwagon1982
Lagwagon1982

You are clueless man!!! I have been addicted to painkillers and it is no fun!!! Legalize it don't criticize it!!!

nevernot
nevernot

Like prescription pain killers currently causing 7 deaths a day in Florida prompting the FBI and DEA to perform a state wide sting on Florida pain clinics? The same pain pills that have an organized criminal network purchasing them from the elderly for street sales and making us the nationwide capital of pain pill distribution by an extremely large margin? Maybe you are referring to the "safe" drug alcohol responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year due to liver failure and various cancers as well as gastro-intestinal issues causing malnutrition. Please list these "safer alternative drugs" you refer to that do not "invite criminal abuse".

Draandajw
Draandajw

Yeah there certainly is and I've been on most of them...oxycontin...morphine...Marijuana is a safe alternative to soooo many very toxic drugs....more ppl against legalization should investigate more and really get informed!!

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...