As the issue of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes continues to be the subject of contention, a new poll suggests that voters in three different states support legalizing pot for recreational use, as well. The poll’s findings suggest that the time may soon be coming when at least some form of recreational marijuana use will no longer be a crime in Florida.
The states, which are all considered to be up for grabs come the next presidential election, are Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, indicates that 55% of voters in the Sunshine State were in favor of permitting adults “to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.” 52% of voters in the Buckeye State gave their OK to that notion, as did 51% of voters in the Keystone State.
Even so, the assistant director of the poll was quoted by Politico as saying, “But it is worth considering the lesson of Florida in 2014, when a referendum on medical marijuana fell short of the 60 percent needed for passage.”
More numbers worth pondering: About two-thirds of those surveyed in each state said that they would “definitely not use” marijuana – indicating that even though a modest majority are in favor of legalizing pot, that opinion stops short of anything resembling social approval.
And still more numbers: Nearly 9 in 10 Pennsylvanians and just slightly less than that number of Floridians and Ohioans believe that it’s OK to use marijuana for medical reasons if a doctor says so.
In fact, the use of medical marijuana could soon become the law in the Keystone State; that initiative reportedly has the support of the state’s Democratic governor, who was recently quoted as saying “I believe that doctors who can now prescribe some of the most potent drugs in the world should be able to prescribe medical marijuana.”
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted in March 2015 and involved a little more than 1,000 voters in each of the three states.