There is good news from the Sunshine State. A new Public Policy Polling survey found that 62 percent of voters in the state would support a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana. Only 26 percent said they would likely oppose one and 12 percent are undecided.
Support for the idea is strongest among young voters and liberals but even a plurality of voters who consider themselves “very conservative” would vote to legalize medical marijuana.
Currently, there is a well-funded campaign gathering signatures to put the Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative on the 2014 ballot. They stand a very good chance of qualifying for the ballot, but even with the overwhelming support medical marijuana has in the state it is still going to be a tough fight because of Florida’s unusual ballot initiative laws.
The Florida law only allows citizens to initiate constitutional amendments and any amendment put on the Florida ballot must win at least 3/5 support for it to be adopted. This medical marijuana measure needs to win at least 60 percent of the vote to become law. The ballot measure is polling around where it needs to for approval but it could end up being a close vote.