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Florida Poll: Over Two Thirds Of Voters Would Vote ‘Yes’ On 2016 Medical Marijuana Initiative

Florida medical marijuanaFlorida came very close to passing a medical marijuana legalization initiative during the 2014 Election as I’m sure most readers of this blog are well aware. That initiative polled very well leading up to the election, but due largely to a very negative (and many would say outright misleading) opposing campaign funded almost entirely by Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon Adelson funds a lot of conservative political efforts. When the dust settled, the initiative failed by just two percent (58% total).

A new effort has been underway in Florida for 2016, led by the same people behind the 2014 effort. They have already turned in over 100,000 signatures according to media reports out of Florida. A poll was released last week that returned very favorable results for the campaign. Per the Orlando Sentinel:

A new poll released Friday finds that two-thirds of likely Florida voters are willing to vote yes for medical marijuana legalization.

The survey, done by St. Pete Polls, finds majority support for medical marijuana in every market of the state. Overall, 68.2 percent of those surveyed say “Yes,” when asked: “If the new medical marijuana initiative makes it on to the ballot this year will you vote for it?”

“No,” got 25.3 percent, and just 6.5 percent said they were undecided.

The poll was taken July 18-28. eight months after a proposed Florida constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana drew a 58 percent vote, and therefore failed to reach the 60 percent approval needed to be adopted.

Like I said at the beginning of this article, the 2014 initiative had similar poll results early on in the campaign. The real question is how much can opponents chip away on that lead by using the same scare tactics they did the last time? I’m sure Mr. Adelson will be back to foot the bill for those efforts, and I’d imagine Kevin Sabet will be visiting the state often throughout campaign season. Hopefully the campaign makes just enough tweaks and the Presidential year bump will be just enough to combine for 2 more percentages than the 2014 effort got to push it over the top.

  • stevenapplebaum

    2016 is an election year. That means more people voting, and more people who may be inclined to glance at everything on the ballot and check ‘yes.’ I have high hopes for legalization next year.

    • jon

      Watch the next loophole will be “oh 2/3 vote is actually 66.7% and 60% is not enough”

    • JMC1979

      Florida residents, please sign the NEW Florida Petition to get Medical Marijuana on the ballot for 2016 currently being circulated. Please reply if interested to get this on the ballot.

  • Irie Nature

    The 2014 proposal needed to fail. It did not allow home growing and it only gave grow rights to those already deeply entrenched in the agriculture business. Think citrus farmers…

    • The Other LA

      I strongly disagree. It needed to pass. Granted that there’s room for improvement.

      • Irie Nature

        I don’t think you actually read it. Do that first before you have an opinion. It was very restrictive medically as well. No THC strains, limited approved qualifying conditions, etc.
        This must start out correct or the real issues will be buried under bureaucracy.

        • Uncle Arthur

          Don’t patronize me. It’s no use beating a dead horse, it failed. I just have a hard time with people like you who think that extending fascistic prohibition is somehow preferable to an imperfect medical marijuana initiative.

          • Franklin

            You both have valid points here. Morgan’s plan is a shell with no guts. I disagree with him and our group nagged him with no mercy. He answered us on Home Grow, he just said no. He thinks it would ruin the chances of it passing. After getting over his error, I still respect it. A2 has nothing in it that can’t be fixed. It doesn’t address removing criminal penalties or home grow. It does have everything else though. I’m a Florida Right to Grow and I support the FOR Amendment to fill in the gaps that Morgan didn’t. 4 ounces and 10 plants is a fair deal for everyone. Classifying it as a dietary supplement for retail sales removes all the Department of Health nonsense. I think we need the Morgan amendment in 2016 more than we did last time. That national movement is all focused on California or more states in the Northeast. No one has forgotten about Florida. We need to pass the United for Care plan next year, and if we don’t have the FOR Amendment then, we will in 2018 when the national movement has nothing else going on. Florida is the last major state that has a citizen inactive process to amend the constitution on marijuana. Don’t count out this year either. Even if we put a Recreational Amendment on this ballot we still want the United for Care plan to pass. We are building on parts of that law that will make it stronger. Have a look at the FOR Amendment. It doesn’t just protect Medical Marijuana, but all the strains for all adults. ID cards aren’t required by Federal with minors, though they have said under 21. If we pass A2 and he FOR plan, those over 21 don’t need a special medical ID to buy marijuana in Florida.

          • Robert Platshorn

            Unfortunatly the FDA has ruled that cannabis cannot be classified as a food supplement. The basic reason is the health claims and medical uses already in force in many states. This is not likely to be reversed. It also applies to CBD hemp products for the same reasons. Forget calling it a food supplement. There are better and more honest ways to deschedule cannabis.

  • AAMCO

    as much as we need homegrows no else has this kind of money or will put up this kind of money.

  • american46

    This could me that Florida will be going to the Democratic Presidential nominee.

  • PhDScientist

    Google GWPH
    Google TEVA

    They’re just two of the foreign drug companies your co-pay’s are going to be going to.

    Diamonds are forever. Patents are for 20 years, but blockbuster drug patents can easily be worth 10-100’s of Billions of dollars over the life of the patent.

    They’re great companies, but they’re not US companies, and US Universities and US Pharma startups are being left out in the cold.l

    But that issue pales beside the more important one.

    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.

    2016 is too far away.

    Between now and the 2016 election, roughly 750,000 Americans will die of Cancer.

    We need national legalization of Medical Marijuana — NOW —

    Cancer patients can’t wait.

    Neither can American kids dying of Seizures, American Veterans with PTSD and Americans with Chronic pain.

    They’re suffering and dying — needlessly.

    Please call, email, and write the President and congress every single day — and ask everyone you know to do so as well — Thanks.

  • PhDScientist

    Google GWPH
    Google TEVA

    They’re just two of the foreign drug companies your co-pay’s are going to be going to.

    Diamonds are forever. Patents are for 20 years, but blockbuster drug patents can easily be worth 10-100’s of Billions of dollars over the life of the patent.

    They’re great companies, but they’re not US companies, and US Universities and US Pharma startups are being left out in the cold.l

    But that issue pales beside the more important one.

    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.

    2016 is too far away.

    Between now and the 2016 election, roughly 750,000 Americans will die of Cancer.

    We need national legalization of Medical Marijuana — NOW —

    Cancer patients can’t wait.

  • JMC1979

    Please sign the NEW Florida petition for Medical Marijuana currently circulating to make the 2016 ballot. If interested, and living in Broward County, please feel free to contact me by replying to this post.

  • Franklin

    The United for Care measure will pass next November. It’s highly likely that the Florida Legislature will pass almost the same law as the Morgan Amendment so they can say the problem is fixed and doesn’t need to be in the Constitution. They all say next year, meaning Spring session. Same was the CBD oil bill passed on the last day before the 2014 Spring Session closes. They will pass a compromise between the Brandes Bill and the FSA recommendations. Rep. Matt Gaetz is trying to get support to expand the not yet working CBD program to include some sort of Medical Marijuana. Florida has to have a choice between Recreational and Medical. If the debate is between Medical and Prohibition, then it will fail again. Sabet spends a lot of time here. They resurrected the ghost of Mel Sembler, who is the Adelson connection, the only reason he gave millions to ‘Don’t let Florida go to Pot”.

    Florida has 3 different groups with initiatives with the Florida elections site right now. Two allow for Recreational and Adult use. I am currently supporting the United for Care initiative and the FOR Amendment to reclassify as a dietary supplement. The FOR groups is being run by an ambitious senior at University of the South Florida in Tampa. The are doing well setting up offices on every campus in Florida. Florida will likely have at least 2 initiatives make it to ballot.

    Florida active initiatives – http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/

    • JMC1979

      Thanks for all the info.. I just moved to Florida from Michigan.. The more educated I can become in this process the better.. Thanks again

      • Franklin

        Welcome! It’s not always this hot. On Facebook look for the Florida Right to Grow page or Florida Organization for Reform. They are open pages to all adults. –(We have an update since this story too. Senator Brandes said he will be introducing his bill again this August. I think it’s SB 528. You can read the full text at FLsenate.gov then just search for the bill number.).

        It looks at first to be a very decent Medical program. If the Florida Legislature passes that this fall, then they force John Morgan to pull his initiative for a rewrite. The Reform community wants Home Grow to make the medicine affordable to all and to guarantee future access to the natural plant. If the Brandes bill somehow passes, and anything can happen in Florida politics, it’s less restrictive than the plan of United for Care. We have until February 1, to submit over 700k signatures to put it on the ballot. Last year we got that for United for Care in about 3 weeks after Christmas.

        • JMC1979

          Thanks again for the great info… It’s good to know that there are other organizations in Florida that are pushing for legalization.. I’m DEFINITELY interested and will be looking into them.. Thanks for the welcome.. It better not stay this hot! Lol

    • Robert Platshorn

      Unfortunatly the FDA has ruled that cannabis cannot be classified as a food supplement. The basic reason is the health claims and medical uses already in force in many states. This is not likely to be reversed. It also applies to CBD hemp products for the same reasons. Forget calling it a food supplement. There are better and more honest ways to deschedule cannabis.

      • Franklin

        Thanks for that Robert. I think I see what you are getting at and you appear to have done some research. Please do get in contact with the FOR group or make a suggestion on the Florida Right to Grow group, which is a discussion group for changes. We welcome you.

  • James

    Sign the NEW petition for PERSONAL and MEDICAL use! 4oz possession/right to grow up to 10 mature flowering plants; parental right/state asset forfeiture/strain protections! Enactment begins day 1. Cannabis is reclassifed as a dietary supplement regulated by the department of business with a capped 10% sales tax with strict language to benefit teacher salaries.

    Check it out! .PDF and plain text available at http://www.CommunityPAC.US

  • RJM

    While I will of course vote for United for Care’s petition for medical marijuana, I personally believe the language of the initiative does not extend the benefits to everyone. Having moved from Denver, CO to FL a month ago, there is another initiative out there that I believe has the best interest of Florida residents as well as the Floridian economy at heart. That initiative is F.O.R.’s to have Cannabis reclassified as a dietary supplement, and allows the right to possess, grow and sell Cannabis as regulated by the Department of Business, both medically and recreationally. Plus, the teachers in Florida will get a salary increase from the sales tax of said products. This initiative mirrors the one that I voted for in Colorado that begun the Cannabis Reform movement, and this is the one I believe that Florida should learn about and vote for! #legalizeit, for ALL.

  • Robert Platshorn

    The only way to beat the NO folks is with mass media cannabis education. Morgan refused to do it in Fl and the NO folks won. Strange as it sounds, no organization except The Silver Tour has ever used traditional mass media to disseminate “cannabis facts” to the whole country. Silver Tour campaigns have brought millions of senior voters out of the cannabis closet and persuaded tons of politicians that we are not a hippie movement. It’s time to end cannabis prohibition once and for all. We can do that in 2016 if you will help. Have you ever said, “if only people know the truth”.Learn the whole story at http://www.gofundme.com/legalizeradio