Medical marijuana favored by landslide in Florida

If medicinal marijuana makes it to the ballot next November, it’s virtually certain to win, a poll released Thursday shows.

According to the Quinnipiac University poll, a whopping 82 percent of voters support legalizing marijuana for medical use. Only 16 percent are opposed.

medmar1121Support for legalizing personal use of pot is much smaller, however, with 48 percent saying possession of small amounts should be legal versus 46 percent who disagree. Among men, support is 52 percent to 44 percent, while women are against it by 49 to 44 percent.

(Serious question: Why is that not surprising?)

Supporters of medical marijuana use are still gathering the 683,149 signatures of registered voters to get the measure on the ballot. The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Dec. 5 about the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. Opponents, including Attorney General Pam Bondi, said the amendment doesn’t make clear the consequences ofa “yes” vote.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the language, and if the petition drive is successful, medical marijuana will be coming to the Sunshine State soon after next year’s election, said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“If the folks who want to legalize medical marijuana in Florida can get their proposal on the ballot, they are overwhelmingly favored to prevail next November,” Brown said.

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