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Another Poll Points to Trouble for Medical Marijuana in Florida

Florida’s medical marijuana initiative must get a supermajority of over 60 percent to be approved

It is going to be a close fight to see if Florida approves medical marijuana this November. Another poll shows that Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, in potentially in danger of losing.

The most recent SurveyUSA poll found 53 percent of likely voters in the state are planning on voting yes, 32 percent plan on voting no and 15 percent are still undecided. This is a small drop since their poll earlier this month which put the measure at 56 percent yes to 31 percent no.

Support is strongest among young people and weakest among older voters, but at least a plurality in every age group supports medical marijuana.

Normally, that would be good enough but Florida’s unusual ballot measure laws require all amendments to get a supermajority of over 60 percent to be approved.

This puts the measure right on the cusp. If undecideds split evenly Amendment 2 would just barely cross that threshold, but often with ballot measures the undecideds tend to break against change.

The campaign behind the amendment this week released their own internal polling which found the measure winning 69 percent with very few undecided.

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Another Poll Points to Trouble for Medical Marijuana in Florida

Florida’s medical marijuana initiative must get a supermajority of over 60 percent to be approved

It is going to be a close fight to see if Florida approves medical marijuana this November. Another poll shows that Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, in potentially in danger of losing.

The most recent SurveyUSA poll found 53 percent of likely voters in the state are planning on voting yes, 32 percent plan on voting no and 15 percent are still undecided. This is a small drop since their poll earlier this month which put the measure at 56 percent yes to 31 percent no.

Support is strongest among young people and weakest among older voters, but at least a plurality in every age group supports medical marijuana.

Normally, that would be good enough but Florida’s unusual ballot measure laws require all amendments to get a supermajority of over 60 percent to be approved.

This puts the measure right on the cusp. If undecideds split evenly Amendment 2 would just barely cross that threshold, but often with ballot measures the undecideds tend to break against change.

The campaign behind the amendment this week released their own internal polling which found the measure winning 69 percent with very few undecided. (more…)

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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