Weed is more popular among Florida voters than Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio or Patrick Murphy, according to a new poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
The poll found 73 percent support for Amendment 2. None of the candidates for president or U.S. Senate cracked 50 percent.
Meanwhile, People United for Medical Marijuana has raised $4 million for its push to legalize pot for people with “debilitating” medical conditions. Much of that comes from personal injury attorney John Morgan, but who else is writing checks? A sampling:
Ganjapreneurs: Cole Berger of Jupiter runs High Hopes Gourmet, which aims to be “the leading manufacturer of cannabis-infused foods in Florida.” He has contributed $12,070. Patrick Vo of Fort Lauderdale runs BiotrackTHC, a maker of software for the cannabis industry. He contributed $1,400. Jeffrey Zucker, a cannabis consultant from Chicago, gave $1,000.
Physicians and pharmacists: The official line among doctors is that marijuana doesn’t pass muster as medicine, but a surprising number of physicians and pharmacists have written checks to the Amendment 2 campaign. Dr. John Merey of West Palm Beach contributed $1,000. Dr. Mitchell Davis of Jupiter gave $500. Dr. Bernard Cantor of Weston contributed $750. Dr. Stephen Blythe, an osteopath from Melbourne, gave $200. Dr. Kathryn Villano of Miami wrote checks totaling $907. Walter Day Jr., a pharmacist in Melbourne, gave $470. Dr. Hal Jeffrey Levine, a plastic surgeon in Kissimmee, contributed $1,280. All have legit licenses and clean disciplinary histories, according to the state Department of Health.
A former Republican lawmaker: Paula B. Dockery of Lakeland, a longtime state legislator who’s now a newspaper columnist, gave $200. (However, the Stephen D. Crisafulli of Brevard County who gave $75 to the Amendment 2 campaign is not the Stephen D. Crisafulli of Brevard County who’s Speaker of the Florida House. The pro-pot Crisafulli is a 62-year-old Democrat who lives in West Melbourne. The House Speaker is a 45-year-old Republican who lives in Merritt Island.)