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Big shift in public opinion on medical marijuana

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A new state survey shows a big shift in public opinion: Four out of five people say Florida should let sick people use marijuana.

Voters could pass a medical marijuana amendment next year, and that could bring other big changes to Florida.

The campaign for medical marijuana took off from Robert Jordan's back yard.

Agents raided his Manatee County home, and took his marijuana plants.

But he says his wife Cathy needs pot to cope with Lou Gehrig's disease.

"People have no clue what it's like to love somebody and watch this happen," he says.

Prosecutors gave them a pass, and Cathy became the face of medical marijuana.

High-profile Attorney John Morgan threw his name and money into getting it on the ballot, and now, polls show Florida voters overwhelmingly support it.

The new Quinnipiac Poll shows 82 percent favor allowing marijuana for the very sick.

Support is strongest among independent voters, at 88 percent. The poll shows 70 percent of Republicans support it.

And for the first time, the poll shows more voters support legalizing marijuana for personal use than oppose it -- 48 to 46 percent.

But if the medical marijuana question survives a court challenge and gets on the ballot, we could see big changes that could also shake up the race for governor. A medical marijuana question could bring out people who don't normally vote, that could change the turnout mix.

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