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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    FLORIDA - A new poll shows a Florida ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana falling short of the votes needed to pass, with even supporters acknowledging on Thursday that they were struggling in the face of well-funded conservative opposition.

    Following a two-week barrage of attack ads, the latest poll shows just 48 percent of Florida voters support a constitutional amendment to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes. It must secure 60 percent voter approval to pass. “It’s like a cliche in political races, but we’re at a point when the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day,” said Ben Pollara, who runs the pro-legalization United for Care campaign.

    The University of Florida poll, conducted for the Tampa Bay Times newspaper and central Florida's Bay News 9 and News 13 television stations, found 44 percent of voters were opposed to medical marijuana. Only 7 percent were undecided.

    Pollsters surveyed 781 likely voters between Oct. 7 and 12, with a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points. The latest findings are a marked shift from early polls suggesting the amendment would sail to passage with approval numbers well above 70 percent. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, a prominent spokesman against the amendment, said the measure has run into a voter backlash.

    “Approval is dropping precipitously in polls,” he said. “People are paying attention and realizing that what they thought it was, marijuana exclusively for the sick, is not true.”

    The shift in public opinion comes amid a wave of attack ads, largely financed by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, claiming the measures is worded so broadly that it could allow people to get marijuana for non-medical purposes. Opponents include "Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot," coalition featuring the leading state doctors' association, sheriffs and police chiefs and some large business groups.

    The chief backer of the medical marijuana push, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, has spent $4 million promoting his campaign. He began an advertising campaign this week, with a spot in which Morgan describes his brother paralyzed and suffering painful seizures that marijuana prescriptions could help.

    The amendment would permit doctors to prescribe marijuana for cancer, AIDS, ALS and other serious conditions, when a physician determines that benefits outweigh potential risks.

    Reuters/Oct. 16, 2014
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Yes heheheh this is how it begins. The conservatives realise that recreational marijuana legalisation is hiding behind the medical marijuana leagalization. One leads to the other.

    The reason is simple - once people realise that marijuana is just a medicine like any other, they become demystified about the drug's negative and false portrayal that has constituted the right-wing drug related propaganda.

    Simple right! Anyway, all the left has to keep doing is wheeling out extremely sick people on to TV and the newspapers and have them explain in heart-wrenching tones that no other drug works to help ease their affliction, and cannabis is the one thing that helps.

    Who but a monster would deny them medical marijuana?

    Good luck selling that forever prohibitionists!

    Their lies about marijuana are coming back to destroy them. Is there anything else as beautiful as the wrath of justice?
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Sad fact is, I happen to be one of the debilitatingly ill individuals who would both qualify and benefit from Florida legalizing medical use of marijuana. So I guess on this one, I'm personally invested. *sigh*
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