WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - If there is a ballot proposal to approve medical marijuana in Florida next year it would be approved overwhelmingly, according to the latest Quinnipiac survey.
It released the following information about a possible medical marijuana referendum:
Florida voters support 82-16 percent allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical use if it is prescribed by a doctor. Support is overwhelming among every group surveyed, ranging from 70-26 percent among Republicans to 90-10 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old.
Those who say they support the legalization of medical marijuana say they made their decision based on the benefits of the drug.
Those benefits include relieving nausea for cancer patients, helping with loss of appetite and alleviating chronic pain.
Voters are divided 48 to 46 percent on allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. There is a gender gap as men support so-called "recreational use" 52-44 percent, while women are opposed by a small 49-44 percent margin.
"If the folks who want to legalize medical marijuana in Florida can get their proposal on the ballot, they are overwhelmingly favored to prevail next November," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
From Nov. 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,646 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. The survey includes 544 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points.