Push for medical marijuana not enough in Florida

November 5, 2014 | OCALA STAR-BANNER

At forums around the state, though, it appeared backers of the ballot initiative had momentum on their side. Supporters far outnumbered opponents at events, and polls — for a time — seemed to mirror that. In July, Quinnipiac University found that 88 percent of Florida voters supported medical marijuana, but later polls suggested that was an outlier.

People United for Medical Marijuana, which ran the United for Care effort in support of Amendment 2, spent more than $6.5 million in the past year to spread a message of compassion for patients in pain. It had significant financial backing from Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, who employs Charlie Crist. Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat former governor who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Rick Scott for his old position, said he favored the amendment, a sentiment echoed by many Floridians.

“It helps people that are sick,” said Anna Solver, 39, of Clearwater, who supported the ballot measure. “It helps them with the pain.”

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