Overwhelming Majority of Florida Voters Want Medical Marijuana Legal

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October 28, 2016
Denver, CO

Another Quinnipiac poll is out today, this time showing that Floridians want medical marijuana legalized. At a staggering 88% approval rate, Florida lawmakers have a mandate from the people to move forward with bills like SB 1030, which is already on its way to the Governor’s desk.

It wasn’t just one age group that steered the numbers so high; over 80 percent of all age groups surveyed approved of medical marijuana, showing that Floridians widely support the drug’s medicinal value.

The breakdown of the polls show 93 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of Republicans, and 84 percent of people 65 and older support changing the law. The poll went further and found that more than half (53 percent) support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal, adult use.

“If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “With almost nine in 10 voters favoring legalization for medical purposes, and bills allowing such use advancing in the state Legislature, the odds seem pretty good Florida may join the states which already have done so.”

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