Nearly 80 Percent of Floridians Support Legal Medical Marijuana

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Two years ago, Florida voters just barely missed a 60 percent threshold to legalize medical marijuana in the state. That won’t happen this November — at least not if a new poll on the measure from the University of North Florida is even close to accurate.

UNF’s survey, released this morning, finds that 77 percent of Floridians back Amendment 2, which would legalize medical pot statewide. Just 18 percent of voters said they were against the move, and 4 percent were still undecided.

“If Floridians had the legislature we deserved, we’d already have the medical marijuana law the overwhelming majority of us want,” says Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, a group backing Amendment 2. “This election we will finally pass a compassionate law that puts medical decisions back in doctors’ hands, not politicians’.”

The poll is just the latest piece of good news for Amendment 2 backers. Since last week, three conservative-leaning newspaper editorial boards have reversed their 2014 stances, with Jacksonville’s Florida Times-Union, the Fort Myers News-Press, and the Panama City News Herald all penning editorials backing the measure.

Twenty-five states have already legalized medical marijuana,” the News Herald writes. “Florida residents should have the same ability to avoid the risks of addiction and overdose that come with legal painkillers, and instead use medical marijuana to treat chronic pain, nausea, and other conditions that stem from debilitating diseases.”

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