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Poll: Florida Voters Overwhelmingly Approve of Cannabis Initiative

A new poll has found that Florida voters overwhelmingly support a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would expand the scope of the state’s medical cannabis program.

The survey — conducted by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute — found that 73 percent of voters would approve the passage of Amendment 2, which allows for the use of medical cannabis by individuals suffering from a number of debilitating medical conditions. Only 22 percent of respondents answered that they were opposed to the measure.

Despite the great deal of support that the measure receives in the poll, its passage is not as assured as the number on the surface indicate. The Florida constitution requires any alteration to meet a threshold of 60 percent support; otherwise, it goes down in defeat. That is exactly what happened to an earlier measure — presented by the group United for Care and also named Amendment 2 — failed to clear the bar in 2014, when it received 57.62 percent support.

This year’s Amendment 2 expands medical cannabis availability to those suffering from 10 different debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, and Parkinson’s disease, among others. The measure also allows the state’s Department of Health to register and regulate medical cannabis’ production and distribution within the state, as well as issue IDs to those wishing to procure the substance.

The most recent poll is the second to find overwhelming support for Amendment 2: A survey conducted by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released earlier this month found nearly identical number as those found by the Chamber of Commerce, with 70 percent of respondents supporting the measure and 23 percent opposing.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce poll was conducted from September 15-20 among 617 likely voters across the state. It as a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Author: John Winston

John Winston is a New York City-based journalist and a media advisor for nyvapeshop.com.

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