Amendment 2 caused congressional candidate Gwen Graham to pause. Graham is locked in a tight race with Congressman Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, for the 2nd Congressional seat. The Democratic challenger emerged about 10 minutes after entering the Leon County Courthouse Wednesday to early vote.
Surrounded by supporters, Graham said it was exciting to cast a vote for herself and that she voted for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and Amendment 1 – a conservation initiative directing 33-percent of documentary stamp tax to land acquisition.
Graham called the vote on Amendment 2 “a tough one.”
“I voted in favor of number 2, which was hard one for me because I am concerned about the potential recreational increase of marijuana but I still feel an empathic person, as a mon, that if there is a way that the use of marijuana can alleviate pain and suffering I – that was a tough one. That was my last vote actually,” said Graham.
Recent polls place support for the initiative hovering near the 60 percent mark needed for implementation. Early polls had indicated overwhelming support for the measure but as opponents stepped up a media campaign support for the measure has declined with recent surveys having support below the threshold needed for it to pass.