All eyes are on Florida, where a medical marijuana initiative has made the ballot. Florida is a very significant state in the battle for safe access. If/when Florida voters approved Proposition 2 in November, Florida will become the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana. Florida has a lot of reach beyond it’s borders too, as many seniors spend their winters there, many people have family there, and it’s also a hot travel destination for many people. A lot of influential people live in Florida, and I’m confident that once they see how well medical marijuana works, they will do more to make medical marijuana a reality nationwide.
According to a new poll released by the University of North Florida, “Seventy-four percent of registered voters polled responded that they would vote “yes” for Proposition 2, allowing the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician.”
The official question that was asked in the poll was, “Proposition 2 on the statewide ballot in the fall of 2014 is called “Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions.” This amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. If the election were held today, would you vote Yes or No for this proposition?” 74% said ‘yes’, only 22% said ‘no’, and 4% were undecided.
Compare those numbers to the response given when the same people were asked if they support full legalization. 57% said that they would oppose such reform, while only 41% said that they would support legalization. Florida might not be ready to legalize recreational marijuana, but Florida is certainly ready for medical marijuana. I’m confident that after the sky stays in place after medical marijuana legalization, people will jump on board with legalization.