Baby Boomer Support Could Make FL Next In Line for Medical Marijuana


Florida legislators made it clear this year they are not interested in legalizing marijuana, reports Stateline, but polling shows Florida citizens are seeing through the haze. In a survey of 600 likely Florida voters this year, 70 percent said they would likely vote to legalize medical marijuana through a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot. And 58 percent of those voters said they would definitely vote “yes.”

Given these findings, Florida could be next in line to allow medical marijuana, following 18 other states and the District of Columbia. Already this year, Illinois lawmakers just sent a bill to legalize medical marijuana to the governor, and the New Hampshire Senate passed a medical marijuana bill last week. Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana in 2012. Florida advocates attempting to bring the question to voters next year could get a boost from a growing constituency of baby boomers in favor of medical marijuana. Support is growing among these voters who came of age at a time when drug experimentation was more open, and now, might be more likely to consider it for medical reasons.

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