A year ago we posted a blog questioning medical marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, and just recently Quinnipiac University in Florida conducted poll that revealed 82% of Florida voters would support the legalization of medical marijuana. However, when asked if they would approve personal use (not prescribed for medical reasons by a doctor) support dropped to 48%.
This poll was used to inform a ballot measure that medical marijuana proponents hope will be on the ballot in November 2014. Of the supporters for the ballot measure, 70% are Republican with the broadest support coming from young adult voters between the ages of 18 and 29.
Those who oppose the bill include Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R), who recently filed a challenge to the bill in the Florida Supreme Court, saying the proposed initiative is “deceptive” and will result in widespread doctor approval for prescriptions. She asserted, “The proposal hides the fact that the amendment would make Florida one of the most lenient medical-marijuana states, allowing use for limitless ‘other conditions’ specified by any physician.”
Given Florida’s history of questionable prescribing practices and leniency on opiates that the state is just gaining control over, this ballot may cause new problems related to new substances. At our Florida addiction treatment center, we treat people of all ages for marijuana dependency – especially the aforementioned young adult age group in our young adult treatment program. It will be interesting to see how this ballot proceeds and how it will impact marijuana use and dependence in the state.