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Poll: 9 out of 10 Floridians Now Support Medical Marijuana

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Trying to get Floridians to all agree on something is damn near impossible, so the poll number for medical marijuana are impressive. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that about 9 out of every 10 Floridians supports legalizing medical marijuana, while a majority now also supports decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

The new poll out this morning finds that 88 percent of Floridians say they support, "allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it." Only 10 percent oppose, with just 2 percent undecided.

The survey finds 80 percent of Republicans support medical marijuana, as do a surprising 83 percent of voters over the age of 65. Support is ever greater among Democrats (94 percent) and those between 18 and 29 (95 percent).

Though, Floridians were slightly less enthusiastic when asked "would you support or oppose having a medical marijuana dispensary in the town or city you live in?" Only 71 percent said they'd support a dispensary in their town. That number is lowest among Republicans (58 percent), and seniors (57 percent).

Only 55 percent of Floridians support "allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use." Though, 72 percent of those 18-to-29 support recreational use. The age divide is most prominent here, with only 36 percent of seniors supporting the idea.

Meanwhile, 44 percent of Floridians copped to having tried marijuana at any point in their life. Surprisingly, that number was highest among those between 50 and 64 years old. Among those Baby Boomers, 59 percent have tried pot. Compare that just 48 percent of those 18-to-29 who admitted the same.

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