Not long ago, the idea of Florida legalizing marijuana for medical use seemed a pipe dream. Now it’s being backed by big bucks and city slickers in suits, and could ride a wave of popularity all the way to the 2014 ballot.
Like same-sex marriage, this subject has enjoyed a recent rise in support nationwide. Approving marijuana for medical purposes in Florida, chiefly to relieve chronic pain from cancer and other illnesses, would be a humane accommodation. Advocates have been pushing it for years, but Florida was never seen as likely to seriously entertain the once-controversial change. Yet state after state is legalizing its use, and a recent poll shows that medicinal marijuana now enjoys support from more than 70 percent of Florida voters.
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