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‘All-time high’: Poll says Floridians want legal cannabis

Even Republicans are coming around, the poll says.

A poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac suggests that an “all-time high” number of Floridians want legalized, adult-use cannabis.

“Florida voters support 65 – 30 percent, an all-time high in the state, allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Republicans are divided 48 – 48 percent, as every other listed group supports the measure. Voters would support 61 – 34 percent the sale of legal marijuana in their community,” the pollsters assert.

Even voters over 65 years of age back legalization, at 52 percent of the cohort. Whites, African Americans, and Hispanics all support legalization with between 66 and 68 percent.

Other polls, such as one by the University of North Florida, shows statewide conceptual support for legalization over the 60 percent threshold. These numbers track with national polling on the issue, which routinely tops 60 percent support now.

This level of support would seemingly bode well for a citizen’s initiative to legalize in 2020.

However, the push for the 2020 ballot thus far has started low and gone slow.

With just 62,911 signatures presented, organizers are still roughly 14,000 shy of the threshold for a judicial and financial impact review, and roughly 700,000 below getting a ballot position.

Sensible Florida raised just over $8,000 in May. With just over $20,000 on hand, petition collection will be a challenge.

Efforts in the Florida Legislature to get legalization bills through stalled in 2019.

While those bills will be back in 2020, the dynamics likely won’t change from the year before, making a citizen’s initiative the clearest path to policy change that polls say Floridians want.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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