Medical Marijuana Amendment Appears to Be in Trouble in Florida

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 4:48 pm

Under Florida law, any amendment placed on the ballot needs to get 60 percent of the vote to be adopted. Even if all the undecided voters in this poll vote Yes, the measure would still be just short. While a significant majority of voters is likely to cast a ballot in favor of medical marijuana, it looks like it won’t hit the legal threshold.


How Not to Ask a Marijuana Polling Question

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 11:41 am

In my continuing quest to improve how polling is conducted around marijuana policy I want to point out what I consider to be the least useful way to ask a marijuana question.

List of More Than a Dozen Marijuana Votes This November

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 1:28 pm

This year the four biggest and most important marijuana elections in the country are the legalization initiatives in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia as well as the medical marijuana amendment on the ballot in Florida. These aren’t the only places where voters will get a chance to weigh in on the future of marijuana policy however. Over a dozen small measures will appear on ballots across the country next month.

Cali Patients Find Relief, National Prohibitionists Looking Pallid

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 4:05 pm

An analysis of data collected in 2012 through the annual California Behavioral Risk Factor survey revealed that a significant majority of patients who use cannabis for serious medical conditions self-reported that the substance was effective in alleviating symptoms or treating said serious medical conditions. 92 percent of respondents who admitted using medical cannabis reported that the substance brought them relief from their symptoms, including relief from the symptoms of debilitating and life threatening diseases such as chronic pain, migraines, arthritis and cancer.”

Another Poll Shows Tight Race for Medical Marijuana in Florida

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 5:46 pm

Any amendment on the Florida ballot needs to get at least 60 percent to be approved, so it is possible a clear majority of people in Florida could vote for medical marijuana but still not get it. At the moment, support for Amendment 2 is hovering right at this critical threshold.

First Ad Released for Medical Marijuana Campaign in Florida

By: Monday September 29, 2014 12:43 pm

The fight over Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, has surprisingly become one of the most hotly contested marijuana related ballot initiatives, thanks is large part to conservative mega-donor Sheldon Adelson spending millions against it and the unusual rules governing Florida’s initiative process.

Internal Poll Shows Medical Marijuana With 69 Percent Support in Florida

By: Monday September 22, 2014 4:11 pm

The United for Care campaign says Florida’s still on track to become the first Southern State to get a real medical marijuana program. On Monday they released a new internal poll of likely voters which found Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, with 69 percent support. Florida laws requires an amendment to get at least 60 percent of the vote for it to be adopted.

Another Poll Shows a Close Race for Medical Marijuana in Florida

By: Friday September 5, 2014 11:50 am

At this point Amendment 2 is still favored to win but it is not guaranteed. There is a lot of time before the election and a very well financed opposition campaign.

Has Medical Marijuana Saved Lives By Reducing Prescription Opioid Overdoses?

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 7:50 am

The new paper in the JAMA Internal Medicine looked at opioid overdoses from 1990-2010. It found that “states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.”

Colombian President Endorses Medical Marijuana Bill

By: Friday August 15, 2014 2:26 pm

This is another example of how Latin American seems to be moving towards a new approach when it comes to drug policy. Over the past few years top officials across the region have talked openly about the possibility of big changes and last year Uruguay adopt a new law legalizing and heavily regulating marijuana for adults.

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