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Florida's medical marijuana poll

Updated: Tuesday, July 29 2014, 08:54 AM CDT
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Florida's support of medical marijuana is at an all time high. That's according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
The numbers suggest November's ballot initiative to legalize pot for patients should pass overwhelmingly.

A burning question this November, will Floridians legalize the use of medical marijuana.  If you believe in Quinnipiac University poll numbers, then that answer is 'yes.'

"Old young, male, female, black, white, 18 or 65 year olds, there's very strong support," said Peter Brown, a Quinnipiac pollster.

The Q poll showed that 88% of the 1251 voters surveyed supported medical marijuana. 83% of Floridians over 65 supported the measure and a sky high 95% of voters 18-29 say Florida should legalize it.

The survey didn't specifically ask about November's ballot initiative because it wanted to keep the questions the same from each state polled. "Therefore we can compare answers across state lines and within the state overtime."

Florida smart justice alliance president Barney Bishop is part of the don't let Florida go to pot coalition. He says the survey questions and the issue in November are totally different. "Quinnipiac stupidly keeps asking the wrong question, you don't ask the question 'are you in favor of medical marijuana because that's not the question that's going to be on the ballot."

The group says the amendment will put a pot shop on every corner, for everyone, not just the seriously ill.

"This is a failed constitutional that is really just a schill, a thin façade for legalizing marijuana, and the vast majority of people in Florida are opposed to the legalization of marijuana."

60% of balloters would need to vote yes for the amendment to pass.

There's still a large gap in support over recreational marijuana use.

Overall, 55% of voters surveyed supported it, but much of the support came from the 18 to 29 year old crowd. 
Voters over 65 opposed legal recreational pot. Florida's medical marijuana poll
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