Arizona county prepares for passage of medical marijuana measure

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September 8, 2010

PIMA COUNTY, Arizona: The Pima County Board of Supervisors have begun their preparations for the potential passage of the Proposition 203 this fall. Although the report stating this did not give light as to what side the board is taking with this issue, it did state that the board gave approval on September 7, 2010 to initiate the creation of a zoning code for medical marijuana facilities and dispensaries. The board voted 5-0 to begin this process. According to supervisor Sharon Bronson, "Should this initiative pass we’ll at least be more prepared than those in California and Colorado."[1]

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.[2]

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