A new poll released by the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) on Thursday found that 70% of respondents would support legalizing cannabis for adult-use through a constitutional amendment. This is higher than the 64% recorded in November 2019, but lower than the 76% found in February 2022.
Dr. Michael Binder, PORL faculty director and professor of political science, said that if the issue was put to voters next year “it has a good chance of reaching the 60% supermajority needed to pass.”
The Smart and Safe Florida campaign is attempting to make this goal a reality by collecting signatures to put the question on ballots in 2024. Already they have managed to gather more than 148,000 valid signatures and need 891,589 just to pass and 222,898 for a review from the Florida Supreme Court into how it would appear on ballots, according to a report by Ganjapreneur.
The “Adult Personal Use of Marijuana” measure proposes allowing those aged 21 or older to possess, purchase, and use marijuana products for non-medical personal consumption – such as smoking or ingestion – according to language submitted at the state Division of Elections.
The survey results showed that 76% of Democrats supported these reforms compared with 57% of Republicans and 78% with no party or third-party affiliation; 22%, 41%, and 21% opposed respectively.