Arizona Medical Marijuana Bill Still Too Close to Call

Categories: Election 2010
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Andrew Myers of Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project addresses the crowd at Cooper'stown.
As we reported, more than 70 percent of precincts have delivered voting results -- and Proposition 203, Arizona's Medical Marijuana Initiative, is losing by a narrow margin. As this is being written, Prop 203's down by less than a percentage point.
 
In other words, Prop 203 looks like it's going to come down to the wire, and proponents, who've been holding up at Alice Cooper'stown, are nervous about the close margin. The enthusiasm here, running high until Maricopa County reported a losing vote for Prop 203, has become subdued.

Among those in favor of Prop 203 is Joe Sawinski, a board member of the Phoenix chapter of the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
 
"The climate here right now is such that people are pitted against each other about SB 1070, and all kinds of other problems," he says. "If Prop 203 loses, I'm going to blame this state's current political climate."
 
Andrew Myers of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, which authored and sponsored Prop 203, addressed the crowd at 10 p.m.: "We're closing the gap, and we're closing it quickly."
 
Just after 11 p.m., Myers gave us this statement: "We still have outstanding counties that haven't reported, like Pima. The numbers are close," Myers said. "We're separated by 8,000 votes, but there are still absentee and provisional ballots to be counted. We probably won't know the results until tomorrow...I'm very hopeful that at the end of this process, we're going to win."

 

Last call has gone out at Cooper'stown, but a huge crowd is still here, hoping the gap on Prop 203 closes even further tonight.

Check back with Valley Fever tomorrow for full election results.

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Gordy_cakes
Gordy_cakes

Please lord let it pass.. I my self have MS and would much rather have medical Marijuana to use as a pain killer than all the pills they give me for pain. Witch by the way are 10x's more addicting than marijuana. See a lot of you are only looking at the bad side witch is mostly BS you have heard the politicians talk bout when in fact more than half of them were speaking out of there asses!! They didn't read the prop b4 speaking and I my self find it sad that so many of you are that simple,weak and closed minded to see .. If this does pass it will help Phoenix's broke ass economy a Lil and lessen the trafficking of illegal marijuana

JH
JH

My mother also has MS and although her pain level is not so high, her muscle spasms keep her awake at night. Medical Cannabis has been shown to reduce these spasms in MS patients. It really just gets right at my heart that just because some people wouldn't choose cannabis as a medicine that they would deny it for others. How can anyone deny the sick, suffering, and dying, medicine which would help them? If it was your mother in pain, the opponents may in fact feel differently.

Billymadi
Billymadi

Another election is over and the pundits will claim the Republicans won, which they did, but the election is always just half the battle. The real test is governing.

But at least the voting booth I used didn't start weeping! LOL!

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Thewalkers
Thewalkers

do you mean they have "holed up?"

Guest
Guest

I have tried to do things the right way. If this does not pass, then fuck it, I am going to do things my way. The law be damned! My life, my choices. I am going to turn over a new leaf so to speak. Me, doing what I want in this miserable life - in order to pursue my tiny bit of happiness. This is not what the Founding fathers had in mind for this now fucked up Nation.

Lilly1
Lilly1

"Oh my Me! I left marijuana all over the place! Now I'm going to have to make Republicans." -Bill Hicks on how God made a mistake during creation-

Cali dro
Cali dro

Im gunna bust a fucking nut if this law doesnt go through

DFGH
DFGH

LOOK AT CALI ITS DONE THEM AND THIER GOVERMENT SOOOO WELL!!!DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THIER GOING TO GIVE TAX MONEY TO THE GOVERMENT!!! THIER BREAKING THE LAW RIGHT NOW!!! YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT THIER GOING TO JUST GIVE BILLIONS TO OUR GOVERMENT..HAHA....AND 2+2=4.......OR ARE YOU GOING TO BUY THE LIE THAT 2+2=3.....

JH
JH

I don't even know what this post is supposed to mean. Are you arguing for or against 203? It's not very clear.

ASDFG
ASDFG

PLEASE LORD OPEN THIER EYES TO SEE WHY WEED SHOULD STILL BE ILLEGAL

JH
JH

Marijuana for recreational use will still be illegal in the state of Az. if Prop 203 passes. Medicinal Cannabis though would be legal for patients with qualifying illnesses such as MS, Cancer, AIDS, and severe and chronic pain. The American Medical Association, I believe it was last Nov., came out and stated the marijuana does have medical value and its status as a Schedule I drug should be reconsidered by the federal government.

Now please explain to me why in the world you feel that it is ok to deny people who are sick and dying the medicine they need to feel better or help in the healing process? That just does not make any sense at all to me.

Sean
Sean

Observe, a wild internet troll in its natural habitat.

Cali dro
Cali dro

You dont know what the fuck your talking about. It will still be illegal but people that are sick can use it you stupid republican

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

It's Prohibition that has created the dire conditions which have lead to a worsening of most of the problems we now see in society. Prohibition has put us all in harms way and serves only to provide a profitable market for criminals and terrorists.

This "merry-go-round" has been going on for far too long, and has not only fallen off it's axle, but has trans-mutated into a veritable "house of horrors"

1) increased violence, as in inner-city drive-by shootings or even bombs or mass killings in places like Mexico.2) preventing the medical use of marijuana for the desperately ill or dying.3) keeping a small group of criminals extremely rich (it's a $400 billion industry) 4) the enormous costs of enforcement ($50 billion last year, including about $12 billion to enforce marijuana laws. 5) the ruined communities and families because a breadwinner is sent to prison (at a cost of around $50 billion annually to house prisoners, plus an estimated $40,000 loss to the community per prisoner.

In addition to the societal cost of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder drugs.

Poppies to morphine to heroineCoca to cocaine to crackephedra to ephredrine to speed to methamphetaminemarijuana to skunkmushrooms to ecstasy to 2CB/designers

At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following: a) it's easier to smuggle orb) it's more addictive so consumers will want it hard enough to go to the black market or c) it's cheaper to produce and yields more profit or d) like a game of "whack a mole" a shutdown of producers in one area gives rise to business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product.

Proceeding with this moronathon subsidizes organized crime, terrorists, corrupt politicians and the prejudices of culture warriors. Prohibition's distortion of the immutable laws of supply and demand insures that the only clear winners are drug cartels, terrorists and shameless, and most probably corrupt, tough-on-drugs politicians who've built careers on confusing drug prohibition's collateral damage with the substances that they claim to be fighting. The big losers in this battle are everybody else, especially us taxpayers, who have been deluded into believing big government is the appropriate response to non-traditional consensual vices.

kings herbs
kings herbs

Please lord for all that is holy let this one slide thorugh to many innoceny patients have gone to jail and are still in the system.

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