Poll: 74 Percent of Floridians Support Medical Marijuana

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Poll numbers about how many Floridians support legalizing medical marijuana seem to be all over the place -- well, except below the 60 percent necessary it would need to pass. A new University of North Florida poll shows that 74 percent of Floridians intend to vote to legalize medicinal pot in November. That's down from 82 percent in a poll from November, but again, unless there's some dramatic shift, all signs continue to point to this thing passing.

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"This amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. If the election were held today, would you vote Yes or No for this proposition?" the poll asked.

Seventy-four percent said yes. Twenty-two percent said no. Only 4 percent aren't sure yet.

Five hundred seven registered voters were contacted for the poll.

That's down from the 82 percent who showed support in a November Quinnipiac poll, but up from the 70 percent who supported the idea in a poll conducted this past February.

However, Floridians aren't quite ready to sign off on complete decriminalization.

Only 41 percent "strongly" or "somewhat" supported "allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use." Fifty-seven percent said they would not support the idea, with a whopping 46 percent saying they would strongly oppose the idea.

The poll also asked an interesting question about Stand Your Ground without actually mentioning the law by name:

"Current Florida law states that a person 'has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force to prevent death or great bodily harm to themselves or someone else. Do you support or oppose requiring people to take reasonable steps to retreat before using force to defend themselves?"

Sixty-two percent supported the idea of requiring people to take "reasonable steps to retreat" before defending themselves, with 41 percent "strongly" supporting. Only 29 percent opposed, with 22 percent "strongly" opposing.

Other polls show broader support for Stand Your Ground, but most mention the law by name and not by describing what it actually entails.

The poll also asked about the gubernatorial race. The response was closer than other polls, with 34/33 split slightly in favor of Charlie Crist. It, however, included an option for "someone else," which 17 percent chose. Polls that pit Crist against Rick Scott with no third option generally show Crist with a greater lead.

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DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Let's see if Florida is stupid enough to repeat all the gross mistakes that Colorado made when they wrote their pathetic and ineffective Medical Marijuana law.

Wally Conger
Wally Conger

Medical marijuana? Just *legalize* the stuff.

Kary Fernandez
Kary Fernandez

That's awesome cause my bi-polar disorder is getting outta hand!!!!!

David Pitch
David Pitch

That's all we need, more drugged up drivers

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

What we really support is selling pot at the 7-11. NOTE for all of you who may be interested, I don't smoke it, nor care to. But I think its HIGH time ( forgive the unintended pun) that we put an end to the nonsense of " WAR ON POT" . 40 years and ZERO results? Cost to taxpayers in the billions? GIVE US A BREAK, LEGALIZE IT NOW!

Janice Poole
Janice Poole

Yes! Let's all join together and stand up for Florida's Senior Citizens... I'm from Florida, and in November, 2014, voters can vote "yes on 2" for medical marijuana. But I'm not happy. I feel the President should legalize marijuana or cannabis in all 50 States. But the very best I can pray for is that our Governor Rick Scott will get Marijuana or cannabis legalized in Florida, now that banks can do business with pot. Florida will become the richest state in the USA, if it is legalized here. I can visualize tourism up 100% in the State of Florida. Everybody's heading to Colorado, but how many of you would take your vacation in Florida, if you could smoke some legally here? How many of you would move to Florida? We are sitting on a gold mine in Florida, and the redneck politicians don't get it. So let's say we are successful in getting 60% of the voters to say yes. They don't make people who drink alcohol to have a doctors slip. Make it our economy, help us. Take us out of the dark ages please. Thank you. Please tell our Governor to just Legalize it in Florida, 100%!

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

We can talk all day but will they show up at the polls?

Oscar Castellanos
Oscar Castellanos

See my videos on the topic

Leah Grace O'Brien
Leah Grace O'Brien

The Alabama Legislature has unanimously passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana. Georgia rejected the bill. Florida, please have some balls and pass this legislation!

Neilson N Brown
Neilson N Brown

The sad part is this post will mobilize those who will vote against it and deter the confident select

Gabriel Mora
Gabriel Mora

I really do have a really messed up back though. 3 surgeries and constant pain. Still this is funny as hell. It's Ezel from Friday!

Cindy Eru
Cindy Eru

Only if supporters vote, and unfortunately, many don't.


I don't really believe the polls with regard to complete legalization - I think such a bill would pass handily. It would get tons of people out on Election Day who don't normally vote. 

Anyway, I'd like to hear some of the prohibitionists' grand arguments. What's your problem with legalization, whether de facto or otherwise? Ever been to Amsterdam? It's an awfully nice place. If Florida cities were more like Amsterdam, Florida would be a much better place to live and work...


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

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

whoot whoot! who has Scoliosis? this guy!

Jorge Navarro
Jorge Navarro

That's because 87% of Floridians use "medical" marijuana. =)

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