New poll shows overwhelming support for medical marijuana in Florida

Nine of ten voters say yes to medical pot

It's barely a controversy anymore.
Nearly nine in 10 Florida voters approve of their doctor prescribing marijuana as medicine, according to a new poll. 
The poll is very good news for backers of an amendment on the November ballot legalizing medical pot, but the anti-drug forces aren't giving up.
It would be hard to imagine even a few years ago that Florida voters could be so united over such a divisive plant. But the latest Quinnipiac University poll showing 88 percent support for legalizing medical marijuana comes as no surprise to backers of Amendment Two.
"I'm in the field, and I talk to people, and I hear their stories about their loved ones and their neighbors who are sick, and that's why they're voting for it," said Bianca Garza of United for Care.
As a field organizer, Garza believes the poll reflects wide support for medical marijuana, citing 95 percent support among  voters under 30, but still an overwhelming 83 percent support among  voters 65 and older.
"It further proves that Floridians know that doctors and patients should have this right and not politicians. And it's not a controversial issue anymore," Garza said.
But opponents of legalizing medical marijuana don't believe the poll measures support for Amendment Two.
"The real question is why won't the 'Q' poll ask voters if they support Amendment Two on the ballot in November, because that's going to be the real thing on the ballot," said Kristin Bridges, spokeswoman for the “Vote No On 2” campaign.
The opposition that includes the Florida Sheriff's Association believes voters educated on the details of the proposed marijuana law will reject it.  Yet when the poll asked if voters were willing to have  a marijuana dispensary in their town, 71 percent still said yes.
And even though most Republican state officials, including the governor and attorney general, oppose the amendment, support for medical marijuana among Republican voters in this poll is a solid 80 percent.
Still, United for Care is still accepting donations to move that 88 percent to action.
"People are for it, but we have to get them to vote," Garza said.
The amendment requires 60 percent approval to pass. As far as recreational use goes, the same Quinnipiac poll shows 55 percent of Florida voters think adults should be able to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.
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