By: Matt Horn
November 21, 2013
A new poll shows overwhelmingly support the use of medical marijuana. But many state leaders say it’s a horrible idea.
Medical Marijuana– the support is overwhelming among Florida voters.
“The numbers across the board, every demographic group is for it,” said Peter Brown, Quinnipiac University Pollster.
8 out of every 10 Florida voters support the use of medical marijuana in a Quinnipiac University poll conducted from November 12th to the 17th. Voters were split recreational use.
“The potential fight and potential ballot item would be about medical marijuana. And medical marijuana is very popular for Floridians,” said Brown.
Despite the overwhelming public support, Florida’s political leadership is adamantly opposed. Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a challenge against the proposed amendment.
Both leaders of the legislature have joined the attorney general in arguing the marijuana amendment is misleading.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam worries marijuana use could become rampant.
“I’m very troubled by it in terms of what it could mean for our state and what we’ve seen in other states that have reduced restrictions on it,” said Putnam.
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist says he’s open to the idea.
“If you’re a real doctor and you’re prescribing for somebody who is really in pain and suffering, why would you oppose it,” said Crist.
One hundred twenty six thousand petitions have been verified. Organizers will need four times that number by February to be on next year’s ballot.
683,000 verified voter signatures are needed by February for the amendment to be on the November ballot.