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A Majority Of Florida Voters Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

By Janie Campbell


Florida residents don't just love medical marijuana, they support legalizing the recreational use of it, too.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, a whopping 88 percent of residents support legalized marijuana for medical use, with the number in favor reaching as high as 95 percent among voters 29 and under.

But a majority of Floridians also support legalizing the possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana, 55 percent to 41 percent.

"Forget the stereotypes of stodgy old folks living out their golden years playing canasta and golf," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a statement. Sixty-four percent of Democrats and 55 percent of independent voters are in favor of legalizing recreational use. Republicans are opposed to it, 56 percent to 41 percent.

As one might expect, support for legal recreational use of marijuana is strongest among young voters (72 percent among voters 29 and under) and weakest among those over 65 (59 percent opposed).

Florida, however, lags behind the likes of Colorado and Washington state, where both medical and recreational use has been legalized. The Florida Legislature just passed a bill that allows residents suffering from epileptic seizures and other diseases to access "Charlotte's Web," an oil extract of marijuana that is placed under the tongue and does not produce a high.

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