Arizona Medical Marijuana Count Will Take Days

It will take about 10 days to find out if medical marijuana will become legal in Arizona, according to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

Bennett said elections officials still have to count at least 300,000 early and provisional ballots.

He said the legal process for counting those votes requires many steps that will take several days.

Arizona law requires all votes to be counted within 10 days of an election.

Right now, opponents of legalizing medical marijuana have a slight lead.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, there were 661,988 votes (50.25 percent) against and 655,285 votes (49.75 percent) in favor of Proposition 203.

Votes for Proposition 110, which involves trading state land trust lands, and Proposition 112, which would give citizens more time to file petitions to put issues on ballots, are also evenly divided.

“Some of the ideas are quite controversial and engenders a strong opposition from some and strong support from others,” said Bennett. “It just kind of shows that, in some of these cases, it’s evenly divided among the population.”

– Article from CBS