Nearly nine out of ten Floridians support legalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and a majority support allowing adults to possess the plant for any purpose, according to the results of a statewide Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters.
Fifty-three percent of voters support "allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use." Forty-two percent of respondents opposed the idea.
When Florida voters were polled in 2013, only 48 percent of respondents backed legalizing the plant.
Independents (61 percent), Democrats (59 percent), and men (58 percent) were most likely to endorse legalization, while women (48 percent) and Republicans (33 percent) were least supportive.
When asked whether patients ought to be able to access cannabis for medicinal purposes, public support rose to 88 percent. This November, Florida voters will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to legalize and regulate the dispensing of cannabis to authorized patients. Because the measure seeks to amend the state constitution, 60 percent of voters must decide in favor of it before it may be enacted.
According to the poll, 45 percent of Florida voters --- including 62 percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64 --- acknowledge having tried cannabis.
The survey possesses a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.