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Another Poll Shows Tight Race for Medical Marijuana in Florida

Voter Turnout Critical in the Florida Medical Marijuana Vote November

The new Florida Chamber Political Institute poll is the latest to show Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, right on the edge of victory or defeat. Their survey of likely voters found 59 percent planning to vote for the medical marijuana amendment, while 35 percent are opposed. That leaves 6 percent undecided from a poll with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

In most other states that would be a great poll, but not in Florida because of the unusual rules governing their ballot initiative process. Any amendment on the ballot needs to get at least 60 percent to be approved, so it is possible a clear majority of people in Florida could vote for medical marijuana but still not get it. At the moment, support for Amendment 2 is hovering right at this critical threshold.

We could still see some significant changes in public support during this final month before the election. Both the campaign for and against the amendment are very well-funded and only now start their final push.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

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Jon Walker

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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