“Carol Jenkins Barnett has long supported efforts to protect Florida’s families and children against the perils of drug abuse,” reads a lame PR statement from Publix to Time Magazine. “As such, she feels that Amendment 2 would usher in an unprecedented era of legalized marijuana in Florida as opposed to only helping those who suffer from debilitating illnesses.”

“It is her desire to maintain the health and welfare of Floridians,” the prepared statement ludicrously claims. “For this reason, she contributed to Drug Free Florida, which is dedicated to educating the public on the dangerous consequences contained in this ballot initiative.”

Amendment 2 is polling at 77 percent support in a statewide survey of 1,000 likely voters, according to a new survey. The poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research on behalf of United for Care, found likely Florida voters support the measure by a margin of 77 percent to 20 percent.

Ben Pollara, United For Care: "Quote" [Orlando Business Journal]
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Ben Pollara, United For Care:
“I’m obviously pleased at these levels of support, but I’m also not surprised”
[Orlando Business Journal]

Anzalone conducted a similar survey for United for Care in June, 2014 in which the previous version of Amendment 2 received 69 percent support. The medical marijuana amendment ultimately received 58 percent in the last election, just shy of the 60 percent that Florida law requires for passage of a constitutional amendment.“Voter support for medical marijuana in Florida is stronger than ever,” said Kevin Akins of Anzalone Liszt Grove, reports Florida Politics. “A broad and diverse coalition of voters across age, racial, and gender lines support Amendment 2 by a winning margin.”
Indeed, the survey showed only 3 percent undecided. Other recent polls have shown similarly small levels of undecided voters on this issue.”
“I’m obviously pleased at these levels of support, but I’m also not surprised,” said United for Care campaign manager, Ben Pollara.”The notion of allowing medical decisions to be made by doctors and patients, not politicians, is simply not controversial. Floridians are compassionate and they know that marijuana can help alleviate suffering.”

“The 2016 ballot language is also stronger and addressed a number of concerns that some voters expressed previously,” Pollara said. “It was approved unanimously by the Supreme Court, and we’re seeing a broader coalition supportive of passage than before.”


Respondents to United for Care’s poll were read the complete ballot title and summary for amendment 2 – “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions” – that will appear on Florida’s 2016 general election ballot, then asked if they would vote “Yes” or “No” on the amendment. The poll was conducted July 17-21 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. The poll included bilingual dialing, and 46 percent of the poll was among cell phone completes, while 39 percent of the poll was among cell phone-only households.


A “Protest Publix” event has been set up on Facebook
Saturday, August 6
Noon until 2 p.m. Eastern
3300 Publix Corporate Parkway
Lakeland, FL 33811-3311