Miami Beach voters became the first in Florida to call for the decriminalization of marijuana for medical use in a Tuesday vote that gives a glimpse of statewide support for the issue.
The 64-36 percent approval jibed with state and national polls that show medical-marijuana support approaching 60 percent or more.
The non-binding straw poll — calling on the city to ask the state and federal governments to allow medical cannabis — was so popular that it garnered about 1,000 more votes than the leading candidate for mayor, Philip Levine.
The group People United for Medical Marijuana, which is backing a proposed constitutional amendment to make Florida the 20th pot-decriminalization state, hopes Tuesday’s Miami Beach vote reflects state sentiment.
“It speaks pretty positively to our chances next November,” said Benjamin Pollara, treasurer of the Orlando-based group.
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