NEWS BRIEF

Florida MMJ Measure in Trouble?

The anti-medical marijuana campaign in Florida appears to be taking its toll on legalization efforts.

The latest SurveyUSA poll in Florida on the state’s MMJ ballot measure found that just 51% of voters favor the initiative, with 33% opposed and 15% uncertain. That marks the fourth consecutive weekly decline in support levels in the SurveyUSA poll. A month ago, 56% of those surveyed said they would vote for the measure.

Polls conducted by other groups have found varying levels of support, including one from July in which nearly 90% of respondents backed the measure.

Many of these were taken before Drug Free Florida – the campaign against MMJ – really got rolling.

In recent months, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has poured $4 million into fighting Amendment 2, which would legalize MMJ for patients with serious ailments.

In many other states, a 51% support rating wouldn’t be bad news. But in Florida, amendments to the state constitution need 60% to pass.

The SurveyUSA poll was conducted between Oct. 2-6 and included responses from 750 Floridians.

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