A majority of Florida voters support legalizing marijuana for adult use and expanding access to medical cannabis, according to a new poll. And as state lawmakers pursue legislation to cap THC potency of marijuana products, the survey also shows a majority of their constituents oppose the proposal.
The marijuana reform group Florida for Care commissioned the poll
The marijuana reform group Florida for Care commissioned the poll, which found that 59 percent of Floridians back recreational legalization, 58 percent want to expand access to medical cannabis and 58 percent are opposed to imposing restrictions on THC content in marijuana.
The survey also showed that the state’s medical cannabis program has grown in popularity over the past five years since 71 percent voters approved it via a 2016 ballot initiative. Now, 76 percent of respondents say they are supportive of allowing patients to access medical marijuana.
Much of the poll, which was first reported by Florida Politics, focused on proposals to enact THC caps—a policy widely opposed by advocates, and apparently most Floridians.
“Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Limiting THC is just another way for Tallahassee politicians to try and ignore the will of Florida voters,” one question asks. Sixty-one percent said they agree. And 77 percent said they agree that limiting THC content for medical cannabis “would insert the legislature into what should be a decision between a patient and physician.”
Last week, the Florida House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee approved a bill to enact a 10 percent THC cap on smokable medical cannabis and restrict THC levels to 60 percent in other marijuana products.
Only 23 percent of respondents in the new poll said they think the legislature “cares about the wellbeing of medical marijuana patients,” compared to 53 percent who said they don’t think that’s the case. Forty percent said Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) cares about cannabis patients.