Could Marijuana Determine Florida Governor's Race?

Apr 30, 2014



This fall, when Florida voters consider legalizing medical marijuana, what can they learn from other states that already have it?
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Medical marijuana. Same-sex marriage. These used to be taboo political subjects but no more.

Almost half of Florida voters support gay marriage. 70 percent are okay with legalizing medical marijuana. Those are significant swings of support from just a few years ago. How are Floridan attitudes toward cultural issues changing? What’s the political impact at the ballot box in this gubernatorial election year? Former governor Bob Graham and George LeMieux, who spearheaded Charlie Crist's gubernatorial campaign, give us their take.

Even before voters have their say on medical marijuana, the Florida legislature debates allowing a very specific and limited strain called Charlotte's Web. 21 other states already have okayed doctors to prescribe marijuana, including Michigan. One Michigan sheriff tells us what he's seen since the legalization in 2008, plus we hear from a family that left Tampa for Colorado Springs so their daughter diagnosed with cancer could use medical marijuana.

And Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights – promising equal access and privacy as a presidential election – and the World Cup – approach.