High amount of Arizona medical marijuana signatures filed with SOS
PHOENIX, Arizona: According to reports, on April 14, 2010, petition organizers of the proposed Arizona medical marijuana measure turned in about 250,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State, significantly more than the 153,364 required in order to be placed on the ballot. Andrew Myers, who is the campaign manager for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, stated, "We are proud to turn in these signatures today on behalf of the thousands of patients in Arizona who will benefit from this law once it is enacted." If the Arizona Secretary of State verifies that enough signatures were collected, voters will decide whether or not the law will be implemented in the state.
If the measure is sent to the ballot and enacted by a majority of Arizona voters, the measure would allow the Arizona Department of Health Services to regulate 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.
- Arizona Medical Marijuana Question, 2010
- Arizona 2010 ballot measures
- Petition drive deadlines, 2010
- Overall list of marijuana ballot measures
- The Arizona Republic, "Medical-pot rule may impact Ariz. initiative," October 20, 2009
- Arizona Capitol Times, "125,000 have signed Arizona’s medical pot petition," September 24, 2009
- Verde Independent, "Medical marijuana law returning to Arizona ballot," March 23, 2010
- Opposing Views, "Medical Marijuana Expected to Qualify for Arizona Ballot," April 14, 2010