82% of Florida Voters Overwhelmingly Support Medical Marijuana

82% of Florida Voters Overwhelmingly Support Medical Marijuana

Poll also finds majority in support of marijuana legalization

TALLAHASSEE, FL — An overwhelming majority of Floridians would support legalizing marijuana when used for medical purposes in the Sunshine State, a poll released on Thursday showed.

The Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters in the state showed 82 percent favored allowing adults to use cannabis for medical purposes as long as it is prescribed by a doctor, with 16 percent opposed.

A total of 20 states and the District of Columbia have approved public medical marijuana programs since California led the way in 1996, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Florida could become the first state from the old Deep South to approve a medical marijuana statute, however.

The poll showed registered voters divided – 48 percent in favor to 46 percent opposed – on whether adults should be allowed to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. But strong support for medical marijuana use, as highlighted in the survey, could help get the issue on the ballot in time for elections set for late next year.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted November 12-17 among 1,646 registered voters.

It had an error margin of 2.4 percentage points.