AZ Approves Medical MJ
After all the votes are counted, it looks like patients in Arizona won their battle for medicine:
Arizona voters have approved Proposition 203, which legalizes marijuana for medicinal use.
The Secretary of State’s unofficial results indicate that the “yes” vote on the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act has won by a narrow margin of 4,341 votes, or 50.13 percent of more than 1.67 million votes counted.
This after Maricopa County officials finished counting about 11,000 outstanding ballots Saturday.
The “yes” and “no” votes remained neck-and-neck for more than a week since Election Night, with the “yes” vote trailing behind by at least 3,000 each day. But the “yes” vote picked up traction after election officials started counting provisional ballots and by Friday, it was leading by 4,421 for the first time.
Arizona would be the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana.
The general-election canvass will be held Nov. 29. The Arizona Department of Health Services has 120 days from that day to finalize all rules for implementation. The department is expected to begin reviewing dispensary and patient applications by April 2011.
This means that Just Say Now! wasn’t a total wipeout after all!