Arizona Passes Prop 203, Becomes 15th State To Approve Medical Marijuana

CANNABIS CULTURE – Spark your joints in celebration: after two weeks in a dead heat between “Yes” and “No”, Arizona’s Proposition 203 has narrowly passed, making the state the 15th in the US to approve medical marijuana laws.

As tallies of uncounted final ballots flooded in at the end of last week, the “Yes” side pulled ahead, winning by only 4,341 votes, 50.13% of the 1.67 million ballots counted. The final tally: 841,346 in favour; 837,005 opposed. Here are the final vote totals by county from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

The law will allow patients suffering from chronic or debilitating diseases including AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis C, who have a recommendation from their doctor and register with the state Health department, to grow up to 12 plants at home or buy 2 1/2 ounces every two weeks.

“We really believe that we have an opportunity to set an example to the rest of the country on what a good medical marijuana program looks like,” campaign manager for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project Andrew Myers told the New York Times.

Arizona passed a similar initiative in 1996 by a 65% margin, but it was overturned by the state legislature. This time around the vote will be protected from the same fate thanks to a 1998 ballot initiative which prevents the legislature from overturning voter-approve ballot initiatives.

The new law also allows for the opening of up to 124 marijuana dispensaries, to be regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Alan Sobol, marketing manager for the non-profit Medical Marijuana Dispensaries of Arizona, told FOX News, “Our dispensaries will look nothing like what you may expect to find in California or Colorado to name a few. This dispensary is intended blend into the community, be non-offensive, and nonthreatening. Its initial purpose is to educate the general public, dispensary candidates and government officials. The dispensary is designed to eventually provide qualified patients a safe and professional, clinical based facility to purchase their medical marijuana.”

Cannabis activists across the country are heralding the win as another step towards the full legalization of marijuana, which they say is only a matter of time.

“Voters in Arizona have sided with science and compassion while dealing yet another blow to our nation’s cruel and irrational prohibition on marijuana,” Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “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.”

The latest polls from Gallup show a new high of 46% of Americans support legal marijuana.

Read the full Proposition 203 or go to the official Yes on Proposition 203 website.

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    cant wait for u to open so we can take everything you got we love jackin drug dealers especially public ones see u soon….

  2. StaS on

    Ok to begin im just so thank full that az finally stepped up and realized that erb doesnt hurt nobody!!!! I went to prision for 2 years for a marijuana DUI!!! I wasn’t stoned when they pulled me over i did though have a 8th of a ounce on me!!! It was my first dui but since i didnt have my driving privlige i got a felony 4 for a aggervated DUI. I never have got caught with anything over a ounce and i have two felonys for it! So total i have four (4) felonys 3 of them are for marijuana, the other is for unlawfal flight from a law enforcement!!!! Anyways my hope is that some of my felonys will turn to misdemenors or something cause that is’nt right!!! In most states i wouldnt even have a criminal record!!! Again just want to say we are one step closer to having it all the time…

    One Love big green bowl smoker
    stas aka kush pheen

  3. Anonymous on

    sorry but you don’t know what you’re talking about, and you probably work for the vape industry. vaporizers leave a lot of cannabinoids in the bowl. cannabis needs to be burned so that you can get the THC into the right chemical state for it work via the lungs. vaporization wastes weed. and most of the vape devices suck. pun intended. smoking herb us the best way to get high quickly and monitor your dose.

  4. Anonymous on

    “Voters in Arizona have sided with science and compassion while dealing yet another blow to our nation’s cruel and irrational prohibition on marijuana,” Rob Kampia

    I guess it was easier to scare the public with reefer madness than to educate, but we’re getting there. The education campaign continues.

  5. Anonymous on

    Sure, smoking can harm the lungs and vaporizing is best. But alcohol can harm the heart and liver. Prescription drugs can harm the stomach and liver or other organs, not to mention the side effects from these pills. Even Tylenol, non-prescription, aka acetaminophen is very hard on the liver.

    “Acetaminophen causes three times as many cases of liver failure as all other drugs combined, and is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States, accounting for 39% of cases. While it occurs through overdosing, even recommended doses especially combined with even small amounts of alcohol, have caused irreversible liver failure.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tylenol

    But these things don’t prevent doctors from recommending or prescribing these drugs. So you just might be better off taking a few puffs for that headache instead of taking those pills anyway, as cannabis is non-toxic otherwise. And I’m sure we all agree vaporization is the best way to administer your medicine.

  6. Anonymous on

    ‘spark your joints in celebration’…um, no thanks. Smoking kills, it damages bodies at best & it destroys most of the THC in the pot too. Vaporisation makes it go, what, 70-80% further too!