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Numbers tilt toward passage of Arizona Prop 203

November 15, 2010

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PHOENIX, Arizona: Proposition 203, perhaps the most notable of the Arizona statewide ballot measures this year, would allow residents in the state with specific medical conditions to be treated with certain amounts of marijuana for personal use, if passed. Reports are stating that the measure has indeed done just that: passed. [1]

With all precincts reporting, approximately 50.1 percent of voters voted ‘yes’ on the measure, while approximately 49.8 percent voted ‘no’. Results are still categorized as “unofficial”, but all signs indicate that the measure will be enacted, with 1,678,351 voting on the measure, as of November 15.

Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, stated, “Voters in Arizona have sided with science and compassion while dealing yet another blow to our nation’s cruel and irrational prohibition on marijuana. Arizona’s law now reflects the mainstream public opinion that seriously ill people should not be treated like criminals if marijuana can provide them relief, and that doctors should be able to recommend marijuana to patients if they believe it can help alleviate their suffering.” [2]

One of the most notable opponents of the marijuana measure was Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who argued, “Almost all marijuana recommendations come from a few doctors (who) for, say, $150, will prescribe pot to nearly anyone.” She also claimed that although people would benefit from the medicine, that “compassion will quickly turn to capitalism.” [3]

More than a week later, 3 Arizona measures are toss ups

November 12, 2010

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PHOENIX, Arizona: Ten days after the general election was held, there are still three Arizona statewide ballot measures that are too close to call as votes are continuously being counted. The three measures in which results are still not known are as follows:

  • Proposition 110, which will authorize the exchange of state trust lands in order to protect military installations.
  • Proposition 112, which will change the current petition drive deadline to be two months earlier than the current deadline.
  • Proposition 203, perhaps the most notable of the three measures, would allow residents in the state with specific medical conditions to be treated with certain amounts of marijuana for personal use. [1]

According to Andrew Myers, spokesman for Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, the campaign in favor of Prop 203, “People support the idea of medical marijuana, they were reacting to issues raised by the opponents.” However, the close results with much more ballots to count leaves Myers optimistic, “It’s an encouraging sign.”

One of the most notable opponents of the marijuana measure was Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who argued, “Almost all marijuana recommendations come from a few doctors (who) for, say, $150, will prescribe pot to nearly anyone.” She also claimed that although people would benefit from the medicine, that “compassion will quickly turn to capitalism.” [2]

Results for the three measures will be constantly updated via the Arizona Secretary of State‘s website.

Arizona medical marijuana question’s results show thin margin

November 10, 2010

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PHOENIX, Arizona: With the fate of most ballot measures in the nation known, there is still uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Arizona’s Proposition 203, the controversial medical marijuana measure. As of November 9, the results of the measure are still not known, although the ‘no’ votes outweigh the ‘yes’ votes by approximately 3,200 votes. The razor thin margin still leaves hope for those who advocated its passage, as thousands of provisional ballots remain uncounted. [1]

According to Andrew Myers, spokesman for Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, the campaign in favor of the measure, “People support the idea of medical marijuana, they were reacting to issues raised by the opponents.” However, the close results with much more ballots to count leaves Myers optimistic, “It’s an encouraging sign.”

One of the most notable opponents of the measure was Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who argued, “Almost all marijuana recommendations come from a few doctors (who) for, say, $150, will prescribe pot to nearly anyone.” She also claimed that although people would benefit from the medicine, that “compassion will quickly turn to capitalism.” [2]

Results will be constantly updated via the Arizona Secretary of State‘s website.