Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment Faces Serious Hurdles


Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment Faces Serious HurdlesThe proposed amendment that seeks to decriminalize medical marijuana in Florida faces a serious hurdle.

For at least one year, the amendment has always elicited fervent support from residents of all racial, political and age lines. However, the tide is changing as opponents of the proposed amendment finance TV advertisements and police show up in medical marijuana forums.

A poll by Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 & UF Bob Graham Center showed that 48 percent of the probable voters back the approval of the Amendment 2. Another 44 percent are against it while 7 percent are yet to decide on the issue.

This makes it difficult for the amendment to attain the 60 percent vote that it needs in order to become the law. Amendment 2 makes it possible for individuals with various medical conditions to obtain medical marijuana provided they have a recommendation from a registered physician.

“My guess today is this is not going to pass,” David Colburn, director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, told reporters.”It may not mean that Floridians don’t support the use of medical marijuana,” he said, but apparently many voters dislike the amendment’s wording and embedding it into the state Constitution.

The poll, which was done on Oct. 7-12 for News 13 of Orlando, Bay News 9 and the Tampa Bay Times by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, involved 781 respondents, all registered to vote in Florida. It had a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com