A new poll shows 70% of Floridians supporting a proposed constitutional amendment in the state that would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and up.
This is down from 76% in Spring of 2022, but from 64% in November of 2019.
Voters approved an amendment legalizing medicinal marijuana in 2016 with 71%.
The poll from University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab shows 45% strongly supporting this issue and 25% somewhat supporting. The support ranges across the political spectrum including Republicans (57%), Democrats (76%), and Independents (78%).
“Efforts to put recreational marijuana in front of voters in 2024 are in the beginning stages, but support for it is high across the political spectrum,” said Michael Binder, PORL faculty director and professor of political science, in a press release. “If it makes it onto the ballot next year, and that’s a big ‘if,’ it has a good chance of reaching the 60% supermajority needed to pass.”
The Smart & Safe Florida political committee is spearheading the petition drive. They met their first legal hurdle to get the amendment on the November 2024 ballot in February when they submitted more than enough petition signatures to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of the measure.
Now the court will review the wording to make sure it includes a single subject and will not mislead voters. The justices rejected two similar amendments in 2021.
If the justices give Smart & Safe the go ahead they will have to submit a total of 891,589 valid signatures including a certain number of signatures coming from at least half of the state’s congressional districts.
Currently, 21 states already have legalized the adult use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
The UNF survey was conducted from Feb. 25 to March 7, with a total of 1,452 respondents. The poll’s margin of error was 2.57 percentage points.