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Medical Marijuana Amendment Appears to Be in Trouble in Florida

Not so sunny forecast for Amendment 2 in Florida

It is looking increasingly likely that Florida will not legalize medical marijuana this year. New polling confirms that Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, probably won’t get enough votes this November to be adopted.

The latest Gravis Marketing poll found 50 percent of likely voters plan to vote for the ballot measure, while 42 percent plan to vote against it. In any other state that would be a victory, but not in Florida.

Under Florida law, any amendment placed on the ballot needs to get 60 percent of the vote to be adopted. Even if all the undecided voters in this poll vote Yes, the measure would still be just short. While a significant majority of voters is likely to cast a ballot in favor of medical marijuana, it looks like it won’t hit the legal threshold.

If we had a sane political system this wouldn’t matter. After a majority of voters back some policy, you should reasonably expect their representatives in the state legislature would want to move to make it law. Unfortunately, sanity is a trait often lacking in our current politics, especially on issues of drug policy.

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

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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