Medical Marijuana to be Legalized in Florida

Medical Marijuana to be Legalized in Florida

Hawaiian-Haze-WeedThe people of Florida overwhelmingly back allowing medical marijuana in the state. A new poll conducted for People United for Medical Marijuana and obtained by the Miami Herald found 70 percent of Florida voters would back an amendment to legalize medical marijuana and only 24 percent would oppose it. From the Miami Herald:

As many as seven in 10 Florida voters support a state constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana — more than enough to ensure passage and possibly affect the governor’s race — according to a new poll from a group trying to put the measure on the 2104 ballot.

Medical pot’s sky-high approval cuts across party and demographic lines, with Republican support the lowest at a still-strong 56 percent, the poll conducted for People United for Medical Marijuana, or PUFMM, shows.

The outsized support of Democrats and independents brings overall backing of the amendment to 70 percent; with only 24 percent opposed, according to the poll obtained by The Miami Herald.

Florida has unusual laws when it comes to the initiative process. It does not allow citizens to put initiatives on the ballot but it does allow citizens to put constitutional amendments on the ballot. For an amendment to be adopted though it needs to be approved by 3/5th of the voters in that election.

The fact that medical marijuana currently has such overwhelming support in Florida means there is a good chance an amendment could clear this high threshold if it did get put on the ballot. Getting on the ballot in Florida is no easy task. It requires just over 675,000 valid signatures.