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Support for Marijuana Legalization Grows 55 Percent in Florida

The poll also found 9 out of 10 voters support medical marijuana

A clear majority of voters in Florida want marijuana use to be legalized. A new Quinnipiac poll found 55 percent of voters in the state support making it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Only 41 percent of voters oppose this change.

Support for legalizing marijuana has been growing steadily over the past few months. In November only 48 percent supported legalization, that climbed to 53 percent in May and now 55 percent today. A huge swing in less than a year.

The poll also found an incredibly 88 percent of voters in the state back medical marijuana, which is important since a medical marijuana amendment is on the ballot this November but must get at least 60 percent of the vote to be adopted. If Amendment 2 is approved it would allow patients with “debilitating diseases” to legally access medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. In addition the state would allow for the creation of regulated dispensaries throughout to provide these new patients with their medicine.

The poll also found most voters in Florida won’t be bothered by having one of these new dispensary located in their home town. Only 26 percent would oppose a medical marijuana dispensary opening in their city while 71 percent would support the idea.

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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 http://pendinghorizon.com