Medical Marijuana Support at 88 Percent Among Florida Voters, New Poll Shows

Categories: Survey Says

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Florida wants medical marijuana. Days after the state legislature for the first time sent a bill to the governor's desk legalizing some pot -- namely, a low-THC strain used to help children with epilepsy -- a new poll out this morning makes it crystal clear where voters stand on the full legalization of medical marijuana.

The latest poll from Quinnipiac University shows 88 percent of voters support the idea. A majority of those polled also backed legalizing small amounts of weed for personal use.

See also: How to Get Rich in the Medical Marijuana Business (Or Go Broke Trying)

Add it up and it's hard to imagine the initiative on November's ballot failing to find statewide support.

"If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies
would be betting heavily," Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of Quinnipiac's poll, says in a release. "With almost nine in ten 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."

Quinnipiac found a majority in favor of medical marijuana among every group it polled, including a resounding 84 percent in favor among the formidable voting bloc of those older than 65.

(However, as Marc Caputo at the Miami Herald notes, the poll didn't ask voters about the exact language on November's ballot, leaving open the possibility they'll be slightly less enthusiastic about the measure itself.)

Floridians are more divided about whether to fully legalize recreational pot, but the poll still found a clear majority in favor, with a 53-42 percent split.

That question also found support across most demographic lines -- with men backing it by 58 percent, young voters by 72 percent, and Democrats by 59 percent. Opposition comes from registered Republicans, 64 percent of whom are against the idea, and voters older than 65, who polled 61 percent against it.

Quinnipiac's poll, which sampled 1,413 registered voters last month, reports a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.

Bottom line: It might be time to invest in that local dispensary.

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JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

@John D. Batson and @Gary Sporn You 2 are the typical brainwashed, knowitalls who don't know a single shred of evidence, just repeating sheepishly what the government tells you. And gary, you are a hypocrite for calling us sheep, yet remaining OBVIOUSLY ignorant on this topic. It IS medical. The GOVERNMENT has multiple patents on how it is medical, you  brain dead, know nothing old men.... I bet you 2 watch Fox News a lot, typical slowbrain sheep republitards. Think for yourself, I mean, have you even heard of all the medical benefits this plant has? Its been used for centuries, you are just too dumb to look up THE HISTORY of this plant. And no, I hate cocaine, it cannot be medical because the crap they import here illegally has chemicals all infused for its production in the south american swamps.... get a clue. Medical cannabis is here, and it will pass.... thanks to all the people who helped pass out flyers and TRUTH on this, florida is the BEST state for growing! Hands down fact. Good job, Florida.. hopefully these old geezers who disapprove will move out of our state and go live in the midwest nomansland where they belong.

John D. Batson
John D. Batson

Stop arguing about weed. Just put medical in front of whatever hurts you... Medical cocaine. Medical vapor cigs. Medical death penalty. Go weed and the heads that buy the lie!

Muse TD
Muse TD

Gary my issue is not that it makes people dumb, or gives them lung cancer, because alcohol kills brain cells, gives cirrhosis of the liver, causes motor coordination to stop, slurred speech, and definitely makes you dumb and lethargic, YET NO ONE IS CALLING FOR IT TO BE ILLEGAL! And lets not get into cigarettes....So I say, if you are going to claim medical problems as your argument, well then, YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID, and you have lost. Sorry. Game over. Come play again next time. Thank you. Come again. You can't support one argument and bash another. That's terrible debate skills my friend.

Lee Guerra Phantascy
Lee Guerra Phantascy

Gary Sporn please watch The Union, The Business Behind Getting High. it backs up everything you say with doctors including past police officers who support your view

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

Gary Sporn, I think it's obvious to everyone from your comments that you don't need weed to be as dumb as a sack of rocks. It's 2014 guy, you don't even actually have to SMOKE weed anymore (besides edibles; those get me too damn lethargic). It's 2014 guy, we have scientific evidence that marijuana medically benefits many people and their varying ailments. Seriously, Gary, get with the fucking times. Also, don't you think the choice to put what you choose, into your body, a valuable freedom to have? Sounds like the sheep here is you, sir. The mighty government's got your poor excuse of a brain, totally washed.

Sponge
Sponge

Politicians are risking their future if they stand in the way of legalizing medical marijuana. This will be painfully obvious for them come November.


Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

Legalized RECREATIONAL weed is the way to go.

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

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

Elisabeth Moore
Elisabeth Moore

Maybe we should look at Colorado and the financial incentives and legalize it recreationally as well. "The time has come," the Walrus said...

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Gary Sporn, you have a higher chance getting cancer from second hand smoke and exhaust fumes. But I kind of think you know this and are just looking to make dumbass holier than thou comments. Which only proves you don't need to be high to act like an ass

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Luis Pagan, actually pot helps glaucoma so there would be a significant drop in new cases

Gary Sporn
Gary Sporn

Michael I never claimed to be a doctor. Keep the masses happy and the government can take more of freedoms.

JohnSteria
JohnSteria

88%... that is not *high* enough.

We all know the politicians could care less what the people think.

You thought we elected them to serve our interests?

What are you smoking? 

They want a full 100% (including their friends and family) before they will agree to it.

That includes pharma companies, doctors and law enforcement, as well as their friends and family who rely on it being illegal to make a living.

What will get passed is a watered-down version.


And what's with the recreational smokers who *could care less* that it was legal.

Are they gonna lose money too?

ElOngo Builes
ElOngo Builes

Freaking fl.... taking their time like ol folks driving in Hallandale

Michael del Vice
Michael del Vice

Gary Sporn....aka Dr. Stupid. Because WHEN YOU smoke you turn slow doesn't mean everyone does. You must be a vodka drinker, how many times do people kill other people because they're drunk??? A lot more than someone sitting on their couch watch TV and ordering Chinese food. You're such an idiot ...just stop, because of you Florida is in it's position. I'm in Barcelona for the week and I'm headed to private cannabis clubs here, yes they exist, yes you're an idiot.

Haley Ambros
Haley Ambros

I smoke but I could care less about full blown legalization at the moment but I would love to see medical marijuana given a chance for the patients who could seriously benefit!

Haley Ambros
Haley Ambros

Gary Sporn breathing in toxic fumes that are the byproduct of plants also causes lung cancer... at least give the smoker a choice unlike pollution does. Also medical marijuana in the form of oil has actually been documented to KILL cancerous tumors combined with chemo at a higher rate than just chemo alone :)

Gary Sporn
Gary Sporn

Rose, it makes people slow and use poor judgement. And it can cause lung cancer.

Rose Lehmann
Rose Lehmann

Wait a minute, people still think weed makes you dumb? Lol guess some people decided to be stuck in the 1940s. #Propaganda.

Gary Sporn
Gary Sporn

Anything to make sheep dumper I am in support of.

Luis Pagan
Luis Pagan

there will be a sudden spike in glaucoma throughout Florida

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

@Christian Ferreyra Yes... For 10 years I have used it and have had a much better life. No criminal charges, i am not a criminal, just someone who uses alternative medicines. I no longer even take tylenol or pepto because those are chemically made, while herb is pure organic medicine. Also, those 2 things can literally put you in the hospital, cannabis CANNOT do that. NOT TO MENTION IT INSTANTLY HITS YOUR HEADACHE OR STOMACH PAIN... you suckers have to wait for your fake chemical pills to kick in. It is medical, just like alcohol is medical if you use it in moderation! Studies have shown people who sometimes drink alcohol outlive people who do not, and these studies were done all over the planet, not just here. Wake the fk up people, you have been mislead, and the stoners were right all along. Wake....the..fkkk...up.!

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

Because it is MEDICAL. It's replaces tylenol all the way up to chemo and other major medical chemical medicines...... next time you go to the dentist, tell him you dont want the knockout gas because its not "medical" ..... hypocritic morons, the herb is the best, and you people are in denial that it works. So pathetic and pitiful you anti-cannabis people.... the facts are here, you are only looking stupid by denying the facts. Even the government itself, and the dept of health have a patent saying its medical. You....just....got...served.

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

@Gary Sporn You are a slow brain old man. By the way, I am high and correcting your 3rd grader grammar... it's not YOUR you imbecile, it's YOU'RE. Go read a book on history and keep your less than 2 cent ignoramus comment to yourself and other old people like yourself who haven't watched TV, CNN, or anything the past 3 years. I can bury you with facts proving you wrong, dim wit.

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

Well said.... @Gary Sporn is the sheep here, calling other informed people sheep because they proved him wrong. That proves him to be stupid, AND a hypocrite ignoramous. We keep telling him to look it up, but he will just name call us because we made him look stupid with the facts on cannabis being medicinal. It's 2014, the facts are here people, its better for you than soda pop..... but I bet all these people here drink tons of that daily. Brain...dead, ey?

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

Not really... the government is taxing shops 3 TIMES in Denver. 3 different tax levels, and now the herb there is TWICE the cost of Miami herb. This is called overtaxation and it leads to a black market..... I study this, believe me, they need to watch out on taxing it, because people will just look back at the illegal black market. No more than 20% tax, or you create a black market....

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

Florida and Texas are definitely in the top 5 growing states, illegal or not says the fed records.... there is even major glass companies based in Texas even though paraph is illegal there (GravLabs glass).

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

That doesn't make any damn sense. You are obviously a Faux News muppet. I bet you tune into fox and friends you pathetically hypocritical old sheep

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

Good thing cannabis is a natural plant. Jorge, next time you get a tooth pulled.... tell you dentist not to give you the drugs to numb the pain..... we all know you dont have the cahones, hypocrite

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

No, it doesn't.... you dont know anything about cannabis, you've never hung out with people who've used it. You're just an ignorant old man trying to shun something you were brainwashed with back in the younger days when you actually had a fully working brain. I think that alcohol is effecting your judgement.

Lahl
Lahl

"Anything to make sheep dumper I am in support of."


Doesn't look like you need much help, Gary.

JasonRollafatone
JasonRollafatone

@Lahl this guy Gary is such a tool and a sheep himself, he doesn't even realize... hahaha

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