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Arizona medical marijuana question's results show thin margin

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November 10, 2010

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 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."[2]

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

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