Prop 203 Appears to Have Won; Remaining Ballots Unlikely to Reverse Trend

Categories: Election 2010

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Andrew Myers reacts on Friday evening to vote counts that show Proposition 203 is winning by a comfortable margin

Andrew Myers of the Marijuana Policy Project has been on edge since Election Day.


Then came the 5:35 p.m. update of vote results.


Observing the results from a small office in downtown Phoenix with his girlfriend and a couple of others, his demeanor suddenly changes. Instead of looking worried, he turns giddy.


"This is great," he says. "This is exciting."


Proposition 203, which had trailed until this afternoon, is now leading by about 4,400 votes.


About 8,000 early ballots and 2,000 provisional ballots remain to be counted in Maricopa County. But the pro-203 trend seen in the last few tens of thousands of provisional ballots processed bodes extremely well for the measure.


If it took a miracle to get this thing over the hump, it looks like another miracle will be needed for it to lose at this point.

Myers hugs his girlfriend and starts calling friends and family. Then reporters start calling.

"We're up by a very comfortable margin now -- it feels very good," he says to one.

Meanwhile, Carolyn Short of Keep Arizona Drug Free, the group that opposed the measure, sounds kind of stunned when we reach her by phone.

"Of course I'm disappointed," Short says. "But I'm thrilled at how well we did."

Short's not ready to concede yet, not with a few thousand votes still uncounted and the roller-coaster ride of the last few days.

Her group was funded, in part, by $10,000 from the Arizona Cardinals. Just like those Cardinals to lose in the final minutes of the game, isn't it?

About 8,000 early ballots and 2,000 provisionals remain to be counted in Maricopa County, the election department reports. All other votes are in.

The remaining votes could tip the scale back the other way. However, the early ballots have been trending about 50-50, so the "no" side won't pick up much there. The provisional ballots tended to skew so positive for 203, it seems more likely the final vote count will boost the "yes" side even more.

UPDATE: The win is official.



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92 comments
Stephanie Long
Stephanie Long

really but its for a gud cause tho.....lol.... but yea

Hernew
Hernew

marijuana can actuallly help people, reduce "criminal" rates due to possession laws, and make people realize that god put marijuana on earth for a reason!! all other hard drugs like heroin, meth, cocaine, all man made, marijuana is natural and now because of this law i'm not ashamed to live in this state, god bless freedom of choice

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Hmmmm.... do if I go to a doc for the pain in my femur and he prescribes medication in the form of cannabis what will happen if I use some and my employer runs a random drug screen and it comes back positive? I guess if it's prescribed it is deemed legal, as any pain killer might be. I think I will pose this question to my employer and see what they say. To keep my job, however, I think I will use ibuprofin instead...

Seal Team 1
Seal Team 1

Yea finally some hope for my future and my fiance'!!! I had a motorcycle accident in March and have lots of rods and pins in my left shoulder and right wrist as well as degenerative disk disease in my lumbar spine. I can get all the oxycotin or vicadin I want but chose not to do that and only take it when I really have to which is not that often, but would rather go natural always. My fiance' has significant back issues and arthritis and doesn't want to take pharmacuticals as well. MJ has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, just need to look at the literature and figure that one out! Ok now we'll see if this real comes to pass??

rsteeb
rsteeb

The Cardinals are officially on my doo-doo list now. Despicable.

Congratulations, Arizona!!! Good luck with the per se DUI idiocy...

-Richard P Steeb, San Jose California

T321ok
T321ok

How does it affect us snowbirds? I have Oregon card for cancer.

Rico
Rico

The Arizona Cardinals suck! They deserve to lose every single game they play. The ONLY NFL team to put $10K to make a stand against marijuana! Shame on you. I hope your fans desert you chumps! You are a disgrace to Arizona! I hope none of your family members gets cancer or would you rather them tough out the chemo & die a painful death thanks to Big Pharma? I didn't think so. Wake up Cardinals or MOVE!

GoAwayPharmaceuticals
GoAwayPharmaceuticals

Good for the patients but even better for getting these crooked pharmaceutical companies under control. Marijuana has never had an overdose attributed to its use while pharmaceuticals continue to kill in record numbers. Natural medicines are safer and more effective.

Jeffrey Jones
Jeffrey Jones

Glad to see this measure pass and bring safe access to AZ and allow patients to not be targets of our underfunded Police.

Michael
Michael

Carolyn Short is an anti American Nazi. Controlling ass holes like her need to read a book and learn something. Go Prop 203! Finally! Jesus! Now we can stop funding the murdering cartels of Mexico and South America! Sorry Carolyn! Fewer murders. sorry.

Michael
Michael

The average American has an eighth grade intellect. Our current federal Marijuana laws are based on a third grad level. IGNORANCE is why prohibition is still among us. People that voted against this measure and dumb. They do not realize Marijuana was made illegal to begin with because of racism! If you are against this, YOU ARE AN IGNORANT RACIST! PERIOD! and a controlling dick to bout. What makes it your concern what I do? F*$CK OFF! FREEDOM!!

Michael
Michael

Go Arizona! This gives me hope again that one day the ignorant, controlling laws that are purely unconstitutional will be reversed Federally! Prohabition doesn't and never will work! Besides! Im an American! IT IS MY RIGHT TO USE WHATEVER I WANT! YOU CANT CONTROL US ANYMORE!!!!

Steven
Steven

Alright, Arizona! Now you just need to get rid of SB1070, and hold a recall election so you can boot Jan Brewer out of office, and you'll be good to go!

Jackson
Jackson

hopefully. if prop 203 passes, the dispensaries will stimulate our economy with all the tax revenue brought in and maybe make our homes worth something again!

MUTT
MUTT

Great News. Now the next step is decriminalization. Small steps. Do I have cancer, NO. But do i deserve to be a FELON for possesing less than a gram. I don't think so.

Blizzard man
Blizzard man

This is good but there is no reason why marijuana should not be legalized completely. Contrary to the propaganda that the government has spread over the last century, Marijuana is harmless compared to tobacco and alcohol. It was only made illegal due to racism. I am a Republican and I view legalization as the Conservative view, as I do not believe that Big Government should be allowed to control that aspect of personal freedom. Conservatives for Marijuana in 2012!

Blizzard man
Blizzard man

This is good but there is no reason why marijuana should not be legalized completely. Contrary to the propaganda that the government has spread over the last century, Marijuana is harmless compared to tobacco and alcohol. It was only made illegal due to racism. I am a Republican and I view legalization as the Conservative view, as I do not believe that Big Government should be allowed to control that aspect of personal freedom. Conservatives for Marijuana in 2012!

butwhatdoIknow
butwhatdoIknow

I like how stoners everywhere are celebrating. You guys are so misguided to promote a proposition for people with "debilitating medical conditions" and then celebrate when it is passed--when in reality thats not what you want it for. I really don't care if its legal or not, but stop putting yourselves above other perscription drug addicts who use loopholes in the law to obtain their fix.

Steve
Steve

It has been a long haul coming to this point... hopefully this measure will help the state to actually step into the 21st century with a more enlightened view towards cannabis.... something that the federal government needs to do as well.Prometheus

Tspridg
Tspridg

When will this new law start ? I cant wait !

Motor2
Motor2

If this passes then the Mexican cartels get phony Rx from a phony Mexican Doctor, transport the stuf into Arizona and sell it for millions. No taxes paid by them because they are a foreign industry. Wait ....... IMPORT TAX, that is how Obama will get the budget balanced and build the fences on the border. Just a thought

Sober1_tucson
Sober1_tucson

Now the Cardinals can choke on a tasty blunt.

Boggie_dennis54
Boggie_dennis54

The saddest people in Arizona right now are the drug dealers soon to be out of business. This has passed before and had better be available soon. No feet dragging on this one.

Broski Love
Broski Love

once this goes for real people, I will be introducing a strain to the valley called "stadanko" in honor of prop 203.

STADANKO= nyc diesel x violator kush x sandstorm

weednonomys
weednonomys

im suddenly feeling all panic attacky or whatever will get me that prescrption

Jglenn
Jglenn

... now watch folks; as the corpratocracy-policestate sicks their lawyers & finally their pigs& sheriffs to undercut the vote & keep the war against enlightenment going .... far too much money yet to be made; right pig-bois?& the sheeple will graze alng pretending not to see...babbling about freedom ...praying for that redemption.I dream of a day where a UN police force sweeping through the prosecutors/judges & narc-pigs records to find the most egregious offenders of liberty ... tip them out of their golf carts to face trial, relieve them of their ill gotten pensions & hopefully hang the worst of these traitors by the neck until dead.

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Savatage
Savatage

But Ms. Short and the legislators get to go home and have their "drugs to calm them"? Have a beer? Down some shots? We know Jan does. But we the people can't get some relief from our pain? What a joke. We get the final say this time though. Keep Arizona Drug Free? More like keep Arizona free of the drugs the we think you shouldn't have and go get me my whiskey.

Logic
Logic

"Keep Arizona drug free" Riiigght... what do you call those chemicals administered at the hospital? Are you against those too? This is for the chronically ill, and you want them to use synthesized drugs with terrible side effects instead of a natural plant with none of those side effects? What the hell kind of logic is that? Ms. Short, no pun intended, but your views are extremely short sighted.

Savatage
Savatage

We enacted the Voter Protection Act a few years back. We got ticked at our idiot legislators doing what they thought was the right thing and ignoring what we voted for. They can't oveturn anything anymore. I must say HA HA HA to our wonderful legislature! The public put the gag on your asses. I'm sooo proud of our state today!

TeoBuneo
TeoBuneo

The third time is the charm. Those crooks controlling the Arizona legislature can't get away with ignoring the voters a third time on this important health issue!

yes203yes
yes203yes

Shame on you Phoenix Cardinals, Maybe you should concentrate on playing a stupid game and leave politics to THE PEOPLE

dabe2
dabe2

Props Andrew, nice work!

Zachary Davis
Zachary Davis

It's about time!!!!! A more peaceful society is on the horizon. No more drinking beers and smoking cigaretts which kill roughly 500,000 people per year! We should have options on how we would like to relax, medicate ourselves, or recreationaly socialize!!!!

Alwaysclosing1
Alwaysclosing1

It's real simple math With 10,000 votes left to count if 580 are yes then prop 203 passes

Autumnspellz
Autumnspellz

I hope this one moves forward. I wish that could have happened in time for my dad. Watching the pain he was in was horrible - I have never been so tempted to buy illegal drugs as when I was watching him (especially in his last days). My vote, and my family's votes, were for my father. I miss you, Dad.

marvinmarks
marvinmarks

This is great news! Finally Arizona does something right.

Mom
Mom

And I have to say again -to the Arizona Cardinals - Arizona taxpayers bought you that beautiful new stadium. That stadium is one of the main reasons you have been raking in the money for the last few years. To use some of that money AGAINST sick people in Arizona is reprehensible. Who died and made you God to determine which kind of medication is acceptable in your eyes? Why are manufactured medicines with long, long lists of side-effects better than something natural? Sports teams have no darned right getting involved in an issue such as this - especially donating money earned off of the very people that would have suffered if this law hadn't passed. Donate your money to improve the schools in Arizona if you want to do something to better our communities.

Twoantelope
Twoantelope

Finally it seems that we once again have passed this measure, remember this IS the third time. The last 2 passed as well, if I remember correctly, but our state government called the voters "uninformed" and it was thrown out. It COULD happen again. I certainly hope not. I suffer from chronic severe pain due to an injury and would give anything to stop taking the pharmaceuticals if there was a "natural" way to help with the pain. Maybe, just maybe, this vote will stand.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Guess again. In Colorado, people on medical cannabis are being fired for flunking their piss tests, and then being denied unemployment benefits due to federal "anti-drug" policies. In New Mexico, a 70 year old cancer patient on medical cannabis had his subsidized housing terminated, again because of federal policies.

Mistalee
Mistalee

You retarded asshole.

You obviously have not had to hold the head of the one you love while she retched and retched due to chemo-induced nausea, knowing that cannabis could alleviate her suffering and not being able to procure it.

I have.

Denying medical cannabis to those who desperately need it is cruel and stupid. YOU are cruel and stupid.

MattArmstrong
MattArmstrong

So, one cannot celebrate passing of an initiative that they supported if they aren't going to directly benefit from it? Ridiculous. My 66 year old mother gets debilitating migraines but cannot take opiates because of severely reduced liver function due to Hep C, pot is the only thing she can use to relieve the pain, and now she'll be able to get it legally with a controlled, consistent supply. Hell yes I'm going to celebrate that, and it has very little to do with the fact that I smoke weed, given I don't qualify under 203.

J Curwen
J Curwen

What would you know, indeed? I'm glad for the people who will get some relief from their conditions because of this initiative. That IS a legitimate concern and cause to celebrate.

However, speaking only on my own behalf, and not on behalf of the people who drafted this legislation, I see other benefits coming down the road. I admit it, proudly. I look forward to the end of prohibition altogether. This may not happen in my lifetime, but I am proud to have helped lay the foundation for the downfall of prohibition through my work and donations to Stoparrestingpatients.org, the MPP (mpp.org), NORML, and the Drug Policy Alliance. The current effort I view as but one small step toward undoing the entire mess that began with the Harrison Narcotics Act back in 1912.

Prohibition is an idea whose time has passed. The sooner we scuttle the whole thing, the better off we will be.

Alvaht
Alvaht

The drug dealers won't go get honest jobs,they will just smuggle other (probably worse things), such as people or heavier drugs

J Curwen
J Curwen

Be realistic. Even in California, where the law is much more broadly written, there are still plenty of dealers and people who buy on the black/gray market. We have a good ways to go before the black market is significantly affected.

Wyldjay479
Wyldjay479

If only 580 are yes it will fail... It is leading by 4421 with 10000 left to tally.. using your "simple" math, that would mean there could be 580 yes and 9420 no.. Which would cause the no vote to win by 4420 votes. With 2790 votes yes, however, would make it win by 1 vote.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Indeed: fuck the Cardinals and the horse they rode in on.

JH
JH

A major problem with the last medical initiatives was the wording. The law stated that a doctor could "prescribe" marijuana but under federal law, due to cannabis being a Schedule I drug, cannabis can not be "prescribed." To deal with this technicality, other states with medical mj laws use the word "recommend" and this change in semantics makes a world of difference. The prop 203 law is written much better than previous laws.

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