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More Polling Finds Medical Marijuana Right on the Edge in Florida

Indications are that the fight for medical marijuana in Florida will be extremely tight. A new Gravis Marketing poll finds Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, falls just short of what is needed for approval.

The survey of likely voters found 55 percent planning to voter for the medical marijuana amendment and 39 percent planning to vote against. An additional 7 percent are still unsure how they will vote.

This is a problem because under Florida law an amendment on the ballot needs to get at least 60 percent of the vote to be approved. According to this poll the medical marijuana measure would not to get most of the undecideds to cross that threshold, but when it comes to ballot measures undecided voters tend to break for the status quo.

The recent polls on this question has diverged significantly. Last week one poll from the University of North Florida had support for the amendment at 67 percent, but a different poll from SurveyUSA put support at only 51 percent.

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More Polling Finds Medical Marijuana Right on the Edge in Florida

Indications are that the fight for medical marijuana in Florida will be extremely tight. A new Gravis Marketing poll finds Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, falls just short of what is needed for approval.

The survey of likely voters found 55 percent planning to voter for the medical marijuana amendment and 39 percent planning to vote against. An additional 7 percent are still unsure how they will vote.

This is a problem because under Florida law an amendment on the ballot needs to get at least 60 percent of the vote to be approved. According to this poll the medical marijuana measure would not to get most of the undecideds to cross that threshold, but when it comes to ballot measures undecided voters tend to break for the status quo.

The recent polls on this question has diverged significantly. Last week one poll from the University of North Florida had support for the amendment at 67 percent, but a different poll from SurveyUSA put support at only 51 percent.

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

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