Fla. voters support legalizing medical marijuana

Quinnipiac poll shows 88 percent of Fla. voters support medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida voters overwhelmingly support the idea of legalized medical marijuana according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll released Monday morning showed that 88 percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana, compared to 10 percent who are opposed. The poll also found that 55 percent of voters approved of recreational use of marijuana, compared to 44 percent who opposed.

The poll didn't specifically ask about the constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would legalize medical marijuana. Instead, it asked about the idea in general.

The poll of 1,251 voters was conducted July 17-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Pollsters found that support for medical marijuana was strong regardless of party affiliation, age or gender.

Miami father Jose Buraschi never imagined he would be a proponent of medical marijuana before his son Alessio started having violent epileptic seizures months after he was born.

Buraschi and his wife Carla said doctors have tried nearly every medicine and treatment to help Alessio. But after doing research, the Buraschis said they believe the Charlotte's Web extract might be the answer.

"What is surprising is that there are still people against it that do not have an idea of how it's helping people," Buraschi said.

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