A new poll from the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) has unveiled significant public support for the legalization of cannabis for adult use in Florida. According to the survey, a staggering 67% of respondents plan to vote ‘yes’ on the proposed ballot question, while 28% express opposition.
Breaking down the numbers across party lines, the poll indicates widespread bipartisan support, with 78% of Democrats, 55% of Republicans, and 69% of third-party or unaffiliated voters backing the proposal. This broad approval extends across various demographic groups and age brackets.
Dr. Michael Binder, PORL faculty director and professor of political science, emphasized that the recent survey delved into the specifics of the proposed amendment, unlike previous polls that posed a more general question about recreational marijuana legalization. Despite some legal uncertainties, Dr. Binder notes that the measure stands a good chance of passing if it navigates through the courts.
The state Supreme Court heard arguments on the ballot question last month, with indications suggesting a potential approval for the measure to appear on next year’s ballots. State Attorney General Ashley Moody contended that the initiative’s wording was misleading and violated the single-subject rule on ballot questions. However, justices expressed skepticism, pointing out explicit language in the initiative stating its applicability to Florida law, without altering federal law.
The ongoing legal debate underscores the complexity surrounding the initiative, as it not only seeks adult-use legalization but also authorizes existing medical cannabis operators to sell directly to adults. The poll results align with a broader sentiment in the state, as a September survey by the University of South Florida and Florida Atlantic University found 60% of respondents supporting adult-use legalization.