Arizona marijuana initiative plants itself on November ballot
PHOENIX, Arizona: Arizona voters will see an array of questions on this year's ballot, and on June 1, one more was added as the Arizona Secretary of State qualified the medical marijuana initiative for the fall. It was verified that the petition drive effort had collected enough signatures for ballot access and will appear on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot.
If approved, the proposition will allow residents in the state with specific medical conditions to be treated with certain amounts of marijuana for personal use. According to the provisions of the initiative, the Arizona Department of Health Services would be put in charge of regulating the sale and use of medical marijuana. The measure would also allow qualifying patients and caregivers to purchase the drug from specific, closely watched clinics. Patients would also be protected from arrest and prosecution for using the plant for medicinal purposes. The Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project is the main sponsor of the measure.
The petition drive effort must have collected at least 153,364 signatures since it is a proposed state statute. According to reports, on April 14, 2010, petition organizers turned in about 250,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State, where they were verified.