The latest statewide poll reveals that Floridians are likely to support the medical marijuana initiative at the ballot box in November. 70% of respondents surveyed by the Public Policy Polling backed Amendment 2 that expands the access to medical cannabis for patients with debilitating conditions.
During the poll that was carried out on Sept. 4-6, 70% of voters reported their support of the medical cannabis proposition, while only 23% of respondents were against it. The survey involved 744 Floridians and had a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent.
Back in 2014, the state residents already had the opportunity to be able to answer positively to the question: “Is marijuana legal in Florida?”, but the previous Amendment 2 was not passed at the ballot box, as the initiative got only 58% of supportive votes out of 60% required.
The second attempt to pass Amendment 2 is expected to be successful, as the 2016 initiative includes substantial changes comparing to the previous edition and takes into account a number of concerns previously expressed by voters.
Thus, the 2016 amendment specifies that legalization is for debilitating conditions that have to be confirmed by the licensed physician's recommendations. Moreover, children would only be able to get medical cannabis after parental consent. The proposed constitutional amendment establishes a limit of patients for a caregiver who can be subject to cannabis-related malpractice claims.
The list of qualifying diseases is provided in the 2016 initiative and includes such medical conditions as glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Crohn's and Parkinson's diseases, PTSD, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and other severe ailments in the treatment of which the benefits of medical marijuana are likely to outweigh the potential side effects.
The political spectrum surveyed also shows promising results, as 81% of Democrats expressed their support of the initiative in contrast to 13% of the party fellows that were opposed. As Republicans tend to be more conservative, only 55% of them are likely to vote for Amendment 2 while 38% claimed to be in opposition. Members of other major parties also participated in the poll and reported 70% of support and 21% of disapproval.
Though currently the answer to the question “Is medical marijuana legal in Florida?” is no, Floridian patients will soon benefit from the herb if 60% of voters approve Amendment 2 at the ballot box this fall.