Something really cool happened during the 2013 election, besides the victories in Michigan and Portland, Maine. Voters in Miami Beach were asked a straw ballot question asking if they supported medical marijuana. More than 64% of these voters supported medical marijuana, which was more votes than the leading mayoral candidate. Mayoral front-runner Philip Levine received 5,639 votes while medical marijuana garnered 6,683.
It reminds me of the 2012 election where more people voted for marijuana legalization in Colorado than for President Obama. I find it hard to wrap my head around how poll after poll shows support for medical marijuana in Florida, and now the straw poll shows the same, yet politicians in Florida still oppose the medical marijuana initiative. Don’t they know that the smart political move is to jump on the bandwagon, instead of clinging to failure like they currently do? Florida, with such an aging population, needs medical marijuana more than just about any other state I’d imagine.
The United For Care Campaign has already gathered over 200,000 signatures and faces a Supreme Court challenge. The campaign is run by People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM). Recent polling shows that over 70% of Floridians support the legalization of medical marijuana.
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