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Who Voted Against Medical Marijuana In Florida?


Florida medical marijuanaFlorida’s medical marijuana initiative, Amendment 2, was narrowly defeated on Election Day 2014. Despite the fact that the initiative received almost 58% of the vote, it still lost due to the fact that Florida requires at least 60% of the vote. By all accounts, the measure was very close to passing. Organizers plan on running a similar initiative in 2016 unless Florida’s Legislature steps up and passes a meaningful medical marijuana bill, which is clearly something that a large majority of Floridians want.

If the Florida Legislature drags their feet, which every state legislature is known to do, then 2016 will hopefully see a new and improved campaign. Many activists have pointed out things that the campaign could have done better. One of the first things the campaign will need to do is analyze exit polls from Election Day to see who voted ‘no’ on the initiative, and come up with ways to chip away at those demographics. NBC posted a great article breaking down voting by demographic. Below are some of the results:

  • 62% of voters 65 and older voted ‘no’
  • 63% of ‘conservative’ voters voted ‘no’, with 60% of Republicans voting ‘no’
  • 63% of Republican women voted no, along with 58% of Republican men
  • 53% of ‘White Protestant/other Christian’ voted ‘no’

It’s fairly obvious who opposed medical marijuana in Florida the most – older, conservative, Protestant white people. The 2016 campaign needs to pour over that data and come up with ways to find less than 3% of voters they can swing to the ‘yes’ side. Something that a lot of veteran activists have called for, and I’d add my name to that list, is to work more with Robert Platshorn and his Silver Tour network. They also need to put Cathy Jordan and Irv Rosenfeld in front of voters and media early and often. Those three people were under utilized during the campaign, which had they been utilized more, may have changed the outcome of the election.


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  2. PhDScientist on

    Denying Medical Marijuana to American Children with Dravet’s Syndrome is as MORALLY INDEFENSIBLE as denying insulin to American Children with Diabetes, or denying life-saving antibiotics to American Children with life-threatening infections. American Children with Seizure disorders like Dravet’s Syndrome are suffering and dying — needlessly — because of people in Washington who are too lazy and cowardly to admit they were wrong about Medical Marijuana and to remove it from Schedule 1 so that it can be prescribed on the same basis as every other medication.


    There is no way in world to justify denying life-saving medication to children who are suffering and dying.

  3. PhDScientist on

    We need action taken at the federal level immediately. Its MORALLY INDEFENSIBLE to keep Marijuana on Schedule 1 for even one second longer.

  4. I’m not sure they need to convince anyone new to win in 2016. Even if they put the exact same amendment on the ballot next year, everything else being equal it would get to 60%, because younger people are so much more likely to skip ‘off-year” elections, and also some of the unreachable old folks will have died off by 2016. Apparently Morgan is going to submit a less liberal amendment in 2016, which is kind of a shame, though understandable,

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