82 Percent of Floridians Support Medical Marijuana, 48 Percent For Recreational Use

Smoke it if you've got a prescription. That's what the vast majority of Floridians say about marijuana. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 82 percent of Floridians support the use of medical marijuana.

But only 48 percent support decriminalization of small amounts of pot for recreational use, which, hey, is still almost 50 percent.

Quinnipiac specifically asked Floridians if they "support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it." There was broad support. The least support of any tracked demographic was registered Republicans, but even they support it at a 70 percent rate. Meanwhile, 90 percent of voters between ages 18 and 29 support medical marijuana.

Overall, just 16 percent oppose medical marijuana, with 3 precent undecided.

Floridians were much more divided when it came to recreational use.

Asked whether they "support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use," 48 percent indicated support, while 46 percent opposed. Again, Republicans make up the lowest support, at just 30 percent, while 65 percent of voters between ages 18 and 29 support recreational use.

The poll also asked Floridians whom they'd vote for in the gubernatorial race, but there's not much change there from other polls. In this one, Charlie Crist leads Rick Scott by seven points.

Meanwhile, in the Q poll, Scott achieved his highest favorability rating back in June, with 40 percent finding him favorable. He's down to 39 percent in this poll. Oddly, only 41 percent of Floridians have a favorable opinion of Scott.

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