Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014

legalize marijuana cannabis safe safetyFlorida voters will decide in November if they want medical cannabis to come to the Sunshine State. Recent polls have support at 88% for the medical cannabis initiative, which is encouraging for a victory on Election Day. The campaign battle in Florida has been fierce, with both sides raising millions of dollars in campaign contributions. It appears that not only is there support for medical cannabis in Florida, but also support for cannabis legalization for all adults over 21.

Per News Max:

In Florida, support for recreational pot is not as fervent as medical marijuana, but it’s still strong: 55 percent to 41 percent. Men are much higher on the idea (61 percent to 36 percent) while women are more evenly split, 49 percent to 45 percent.

Age is a major contributing factor when it comes to support for lighting up for purely recreational purposes. Seventy-two percent of voters 18 to 29 favor it, while 59 percent of voters over 65 oppose it.

Democrats and independents are much mellower about the idea with 64 percent and 55 percent support the idea, respectively. Republicans oppose it by a 56 percent to 41 percent margin.

Support for cannabis legalization is growing all over the nation. Poll after poll is showing majority support for cannabis legalization in many states. With endorsements from major media outlets like the New York Times, I expect support to continue to grow. This is bad news for cannabis opponents, but it’s good news for cannabis law reform supporters and those that desire sane, sensible public policies.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference

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About Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri.As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties.You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.
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  24 Responses to “Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization In Florida”

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    55% sounds good, but isn’t 60% required for passage?

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      100% behind that medical use I suffer from chronic back pain and ptsd and I’ve yet to find a prescription medication that has the result that marajuna has. Its amazing that the government would rather me take 14 pills a day some of those (very habit forming) than just let me smoke a joint or two a day and take the pills away

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      88% are for Amendment 2

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        Yeah, but the article is about recreational and that’s only 55%. Isn’t 60% required for recreational.

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          There is currently no measure on the FL ballot for recreational.

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            I am aware of that, of course. Now, if you’ll bother to read the above article it’s about the potential for legalizing MJ later. It says that 55% would favor such legalization. My point is that 60% would be required (if my memory serves me well), so the optimistic figure of 55% is misleading. Just read the f’ing article.

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            The 55% is within the same range that medicinal use was in during early polling. Keep that in mind, Ron.
            When cannabis is the subject matter, the polls only get stronger. If Florida has another 2 years to warm up to the idea, recreational use will pass by a goddamn landslide. This is where said optimism is coming from. Have a great day.

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            I hope you are proven correct.

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            One step at a time. If the current amendment were for recreational legalization, the polls indicate that it would fail and the end result will be as though nothing had ever happened. All the efforts would have been a total waste of time and it could be years before anyone got the guts to try to bring the support together again. From nothing to medical legalization is a huge step that should not be discounted. After a few years has gone by and the dust has settled, we can start working on recreational legalization with an encouraging track record of success.

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            Thanks for your insights.

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    It’s about time.

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    Florida has much to gain. Winning the elderly in Florida will be a tipping point.

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    Vote on 2 Florida

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    What’s really stupid is when people try to say claim Republicans are against it as though it’s a political thing and opposition somehow runs in their blood. I know many Republicans, and the majority of them support not just medical legalization but recreational legalization as well. Some of them won’t make a public proclamation about it, but I know they’re going to vote yes on amendment two. When people make the political accusations, it serves, at best, to perhaps be a self fulfilling prophesy. Leave politics out of the conversation and the negativity toward legalization will be lower.

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    Hopefully we will win the 59 and older crowd and they are always walking around with a crown and coke which is killing there liver so CMON in November and lets bring a long battle to an end and support this effort. We don’t get in the way when you are screwed out of your mind on booze which is still the number 1 killer in the USA so lets sit back think about this and vote don’t sit at home go out and vote. Remember the life’s you will help and the medical benefits of this. And if you are a man over 50 and not smoking you better go have that colon checked brother. The revenue alone should be enough for the the state and there money hungry political parties to get behind.

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    For likely voters the numbers have run between 66% and 70%. 60% is needed to pass.

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    I am not an FL resident but I do not agree the current system of jailing and placing common folks in prison over a few grams of pot. Everyone has a buddy that like to take an occasional hit or two, they are not criminals they are common folks like you and I. They do not deserve to be in prison or have their employment record ruined over a few grams of pot. We currently have more nonviolent prisoners than China, the system is broken. If you are a FL resident please go vote for this amendment many people in the country need you even if it is just for medical use. Again please go vote.

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    YES TO WEED, NO TO OBAMA, YES TO WEED, NO TO WAR.

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    I’ve got a question if anyone can respond with information. I saw a newscast that claimed that when amendment 2 passes, the Florida legislature has the authority to only allow cannabis in pill form or whatever form they wish. Is this true? If so, what’s the likelihood that the available form(s) will not include fresh whole bud?

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    Will people who were convicted of marijuana charges be able to re open their case based on new laws once it becomes legal?

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