The most recent installment of the Quinnipiac University Florida poll showed 88 percent of its respondents in favor of allowing allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, if a doctor prescribes it.
A majority, 53-42 percent, backed allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for any personal use.
Only 45 percent of Florida voters admit they’ve tried marijuana, but the top age group was 50-64 years old, among whom 62 percent acknowledged smoking pot.
“If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily,” said Quinnipiac poll spokesman Peter Brown. “The odds seem pretty good.”
Respondents in the poll oppose allowing college athletes to form unions by 51-41 percent, and opposed paying players salaries beyond scholarships by 63-31 percent.
But there were broad racial, age and political disparities in those responses.
Democrats, young voters, Hispanic and black voters all backed athlete unions by large majorities, while Republicans, independents, whites voters and older voters opposed it. Only black voters approved of the idea of paying players salaries.
The same poll, in results released last week, showed likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott by 10 points, 48-38 percent. Republicans have criticized the poll, saying it included too many Democrats.
A St. Petersburg-based anti-drug advocacy group, the Drug Free America Foundation, also criticized the poll saying the question about medical use of marijuana used flawed wording. It said the question shouldn’t have used the word “prescribe” because, “Marijuana cannot be prescribed. It can only be ‘recommended’ which is very different than it being ‘prescribed’,” said Calvina Fay, executive director of the foundation.
She said marijuana can’t be prescribed because it isn’t approved as a medicine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.