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Poll: 57% of Floridians Support Medical Marijuana

A new poll finds that a majority of people in Florida support medical marijuana. From Bob Norman:

A survey conducted by GOP pollster Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates — the same firm that conducted polls for Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign — found that 57 percent of Floridians support legalization of medicinal marijuana.

This news comes as sources say there is a serious movement afoot to bring the issue to the Florida ballot in 2012. Such a referendum would require 60 percent of voters to legalize the green stuff so long as it is prescribed by a doctor.

The poll found that young and self-identified liberals were most supportive of a constitutional amendment ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, while older people and conservatives were the least supportive.

Despite the strong poll numbers, prospects for medical marijuana in Florida don’t look great. Getting the 60 percent super-majority requirement for any constitutional ballot measure is very difficult. And 60 percent Especially problematic for medical marijuana in Florida given that demographically it is one of the oldest states in the country and old people tend to vote in disproportionally high numbers.

It would be great if the Florida legislature would just fulfill the wishes of the electorate and pass a medical marijuana law, but, on both a local and federal level, politicians have been very reluctant to support reform despite the strong poll numbers.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at