Cerabino: Anxious presidential election means Florida is going to pot – MyPalmBeachPost
I have a not-so-bold prediction to make about Florida voters in this election.
It’s that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will get as many votes as marijuana.
That ought to tell you something.
When all the votes are counted Tuesday night, Florida voters will give far more support to marijuana as a drug than to Clinton or Trump as a president.
Clinton and Trump will be lucky to break into the mid 40-percent range. Meanwhile, medical marijuana’s on track to break the 60 percent threshold it needs to be enshrined in the state constitution.
Just in time, I say. For whether it’s Clinton or Trump who wins, a whole lot of chill-taking will need to be prescribed.
When medical marijuana first showed up on the Florida ballot two years ago, it got more than 58 percent of the vote. That was 523,000 more votes than Gov. Rick Scott got to win re-election.
So it makes sense this time through — with political jitters set to a fever pitch — that voters will embrace a mellowing agent like marijuana in record numbers.
That’s because the anxiety over this election has been an epidemic. About half the state’s registered voters already voted before Election Day. They couldn’t wait. They were too tense. Too wound up. They needed early voting as a means of stress relief.
More than 240,000 Palm Beach County voters stood in lines, often long ones, during the past two weeks because this election was turning them crazy, and they couldn’t function properly while waiting patiently for Election Day to arrive.
What happens if it’s raining on that day? Or maybe I’ll get Zika. Or my car won’t start. Or there will be some mechanical issue at my poling place … or … Ah! I can’t wait. I have to