NORML.ORG – Medical Marijuana Measures Defeated in Oregon, South Dakota; Arizona Initiative Too Close To Call

Arizona election officials say that Arizona’s Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, remains too close to call. Prop. 203 is trailing by less than 7,000 votes, 49.7 percent to 50.3 percent (with 99 percent of precincts reporting). With some 50,000 ballots left to be counted, it could be days before election officials make an official decision, reports the Phoenix New Times. The proposal is sponsored by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, an affiliate of the Marijuana Policy Project. If passed, the measure would permit state-registered patients to obtain cannabis legally from licensed facilities. Learn more about Proposition 203 here: http://stoparrestingpatients.org/home/.

In South Dakota, voters decided against Measure 13, the South Dakota Safe Access Act, which sought to exempt state criminal penalties for state-authorized patients who possessed marijuana. South Dakota voters had previously rejected a similar proposal in 2006. It is the only state where voters have ever decided against a medical marijuana legalization initiative.

In Oregon, voters decided against Measure 74, The Oregon Regulate Medical Marijuana Supply System Act of 2010, which sought to create state-licensed not-for-profit facilities to assist in the production and distribution of marijuana to qualified patients. Oregon voters initially authorized the physician-authorized use of marijuana in 1998. Several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, and Maine, have enacted statewide regulations licensing the production and dispensing of medical cannabis.

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