Numbers tilt toward passage of Arizona Prop 203

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November 15, 2010

By Al Ortiz

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 Governor of Arizona 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]

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