It is likely that Florida will adopt medical marijuana this November, but at this point victory isn’t assured. New polling shows Amendment 2, Florida’s Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, is doing well but could still be in danger.
According to Gravis Marketing, if the election were held today 64 percent of Florida voters would support Amendment 2 while 26 percent would vote it down. An additional 10 percent remain undecided.
Usually 64 percent support would be great for a ballot measure, but Florida is an unusual state with an unique set of laws. Unlike most initiative states Florida doesn’t allow citizens to put new laws on the ballot, only constitutional amendments. For this constitutional amendment to be adopted it needs to win with 60 percent of the vote, instead of the normal 50 percent in most other states.
With 64 percent support Amendment 2 is likely to clear this requirement, but it’s close enough that things could change as we approach election day. The anti-Amendment 2 campaign in Florida is extremely well funded thanks to the strong financial support of Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy
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