The fate of Arizona’s Proposition 203, a measure to legalize the use of medical marijuana is still in the balance. At the close of polling on November 2 the result was really too close to call because postal votes still had to be counted.
Today, a full 10 days later the situation is still finely balanced: those in favor of legalizing medical marijuana are around 3,000 votes behind the anti-marijuana brigade. Even if the vote is lost this year, with the closeness of the finish it is highly likely that the proposition will reappear sooner rather than later. In fact, Morrison Institute spokesman Joe Garcia believes that next time round just a seemingly trivial change in the wording to emphasize that under no circumstances will marijuana be used for recreational purposes the measure will be passed.
As of noon yesterday, November 11, Maricopa county still had 60,000 ballots to count and County Recorder, Helen Purcell, doesn’t expect processing to be completed until Monday or Tuesday of next week. Given the closeness of the results, a recount isn’t out of the question either. So those who wish to use medical marijuana to treat their medical conditions are still none the wiser.
As of November 9, the results looked like this:
Arizona Proposition 203 – Medical Marijuana
Results via the Arizona Secretary of State