Prop 203 Wins, Medical Marijuana coming soon to Arizona!
Election Day wasn't totally a lost cause for marijuana measures after all. In a squeaker, Prop 203 came back to win by 4.421 votes, making Arizona the 15th state to legalize medical cannabis.
The vote was too close to call until the final tally was posted at AZ Election Results last night. The final tally is 835,735 votes (50,13%) for and 831,314 (49.87%) against.
"Although there are still about 10,000 votes left to be counted, our lead of more than 4,000 votes makes us 100 percent confident in announcing Arizona is now the 15th medical marijuana state!" said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).
Prop 203 allows patients with debilitating conditions (or their caregivers) to possess five ounces of marijuana per month, and non-profit dispensaries to be established and regulated by the state (similar to nearby New Mexico). Home growing is permitted for patients who live 25 miles or more from a dispensary.
Marijuana Possession only an infraction soon!
Next year under California state law, possession of under one ounce of Marijuana is nothing more than simple ticket. The maximum cost for possession of under one ounce will be a fine of $100 with no criminal record or arrest required.
Under the law passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, SB1449, possession of less than an ounce will no longer be a misdemeanor or go on a person's criminal record. Instead, it will be an infraction, similar to a speeding ticket. That has some people wondering whether the infraction will go on a person's driving record and affect insurance rates.
Colorado Marijuana Groups Look To Legalize Pot In '12
Groups in Colorado say they are launching two separate campaigns to help start the movement to legalize marijuana in 2010. After California was unsuccessful with prop 19. Colorado believes their chance is coming to be the first state to have legal marijuana and they believe their voters are ready to approve the legalization.
Medical Marijuana Count Will Take Days For Arizona
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. Election officials say they still have at least 300,000 ballots to count.
Prop 19 fails to pass
Even with massive support from celebrities and stoners across the state, prop 19 just couldn't make the cut.
"It's still a historic moment in this very long struggle to end decades of failed marijuana prohibition," said Stephen Gutwillig, California director for the Drug Policy Project. "Unquestionably, because of Proposition 19, marijuana legalization initiatives will be on the ballot in a number of states in 2012, and California is in the mix."
The battle may have been won this round but the war is far from over.
Yesterday was a rough day for Cannabis
4 states shot down Marijuana measures yesterday including, California, Oregon, South Dakota and Arizona. What could of been a historical day for California turned into a victory for the people against the legalization of Cannabis. It would have been a great day in history to finally end the prohibition but unfortuantely it didn't turn out how we wanted. Oregon, S.D and Arizona also suffered yesterday with their medical marijuana measures also being defeated.
California's Prop 19 to legalize marijuana was defeated 54 percent No to 46 percent Yes.. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Prop 19 was losing by eight points, just over half a million votes (3,891,521 No to 3,349,237 Yes). Servers were overwhelmed Tuesday night at the California Secretary of State's website.
Oregon's Measure 74, which would have legalized medical marijuana dispensaries in a state which already allows medicinal use of cannabis but provides no legal access other than cultivation, went down to resounding defeat with 567,254 votes, or 58 percent No, and 406,859 votes, or 42 percent Yes.
South Dakota's Measure 13, which would have legalized medical marijuana, was defeated even worse, with 199,464 votes, or 63 percent No, and 115,548 votes, or 37 percent Yes. The magnitude of the defeat puzzled activists who, just four years ago, came much closer when the medical marijuana ballot initiative, the first ever to be defeated in a statewide vote, went down 58-42.
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