Medical Marijuana Appears Headed For Defeat





Amid the commotion caused by Fangate during the gubernatorial debate, voters may not have notice the significant poll results released – medical marijuana is headed for defeat.

Only 48 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Amendment 2. There were 54 percent against it and 7 percent said they had not made up their minds, according to a Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll.

An Amendment needs the support of 60 percent to pass.

The Tampa Bay Times quoted David Colburn, director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service: “My guess today is this is not going to pass.”

The newspaper’s story is here.

One Response to “Medical Marijuana Appears Headed For Defeat”

  1. Ha Ha Ha says:

    The amendment opponents, backed by tons of cash from rich right-wingers like Sheldon Adelson, are spouting bullshit in order to create unwarranted fear, uncertainty and doubt, thus causing the polling problem.

    Sheldon Adelson Donates Another $1.5 Million to Anti-Medical Marijuana Group

    Despite rhetoric in marijuana debate, Legislature controls its safety

    Here’s the little secret that neither side of the Amendment2 debate over medical marijuana is talking about: The Florida Legislature controls its fate.

    You don’t hear it from opposition groups, who warn that legalizing medical marijuana will endanger children, spawn pot shops on every street corner and become the state’s next pill mill fiasco. That will happen only if the conservative Florida Legislature decides not to impose strict rules on who obtains the marijuana, who distributes it and under what conditions.

    You don’t hear it from proponents, as the United for Care campaign rolls into college campuses, riding on the hopes of medically needy Floridians, and wishful recreational pot smokers.

    Access to medical cannabis for those groups wouldn’t be easy, either, if the Legislature put in place a tightly controlled cultivation and dispensing system similar to one it adopted earlier this year when it legalized low-THC, high CBD strains of cannabis.

    And what’s to stop lawmakers from doing any of this and more?

    “Nothing,” said Jon Mills, former Democratic House speaker and a constitutional lawyer who wrote the amendment on the ballot before voters on Nov.4. “The Legislature can do anything that is not inconsistent with the Constitution.” …