• October 15, 2015
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Super-Majorities of Swing States Endorse Medical Cannabis Access and Broader Legalization

Policy and Legislation

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Super-majorities of voters believe that cannabis should be legal, and most men additionally support legalizing for all adults, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University Swing State poll.

Pollsters gauged support for law reform in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Florida voters backed legalizing cannabis therapy by a margin of 87 percent to 12 percent. A majority of male voters (57 percent) also supported broader legalization, while only 49 percent of women agreed.

Reform advocates are presently gathering signatures for a pair of potential ballot drives in 2016. The first, backed by United For Care, seeks to permit the physician-authorized use of cannabis. The second effort, sponsored by Regulate Florida and NORML of Florida, seeks to regulate the plant’s production, consumption, and sales to adults.

A 2014 amendment that sought to permit cannabis therapy garnered 58 percent of vote — two percent shy of the threshold necessary for passage in Florida.

Ninety percent of Ohio voters say that should be legal for medicinal purposes. Fifty-nine percent of male voters additionally backed legalizing the plant for social use versus only 47 percent of female voters.

Ohio voters will decide this November on a proposed ballot measure (Issue 3, the Legalization Amendment) to regulate the state-licensed production and sale of cannabis for both and retail purposes. The measure also permits adults to cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis (up to four plants yielding no more than 8 ounces of usable product at any one time) at home. State lawmakers opposed to the plan have placed a competing measure, Issue 2, on the November ballot that seeks to prohibit state regulators from permitting the limited production of “any Schedule I controlled substance.” If voters approved both measures, Issue 2 states that the “entire proposed constitutional [] amendment shall not take effect.”

In Pennsylvania, 90 percent of voters back medicalizing . Fifty-two percent of men also support legalization, versus 43 percent of women voters.

Senate lawmakers this year approved compromised legislation, but the measure remains stalled in the House. Separate senate legislation, Senate Bill 528, to permit the adult possession and retail sale of has not yet been heard by lawmakers.

– This article was originally published on October 14, 2015.  See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2015/10/14/swing-states-super-majorities-endorse--cannabis-access-men-support-broader-legalization/#sthash.f16ecEey.dpuf 

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