Medical Marijuana Ballot Issue Narrowly Approved
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Medical Marijuana Ballot Issue Narrowly Approved
Posted by CN Staff on November 15, 2010 at 11:05:57 PT
By David Rookhuyzen, Cronkite News Service
Source: Kingman Daily Miner
Phoenix -- Voters approved Proposition 203, legalizing the medical use of marijuana in Arizona, after provisional ballots counted by Maricopa County pushed the "yes" vote into the lead. Unofficial returns showed Proposition 203 leading by about 4,000 votes Saturday with only a handful of ballots yet to be counted.Andrew Myers, campaign manager for Proposition 203, said the tight race means supporters must show that a system dispensing medical marijuana will help patients but limit abuse. "Our responsibility is to have a program that adheres to the highest of standards," Myers said.
Proposition 203 will allow a qualifying person with a doctor's recommendation to receive 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks from licensed dispensaries. Qualifying conditions will include cancer, glaucoma, AIDS and chronic pain.The ballot measure's fate had been in limbo since the Nov. 2 election, and the "no" vote led until late Friday afternoon.The key to the turnaround: About 40,000 provisional ballots cast in Maricopa County and not counted until Thursday and Friday. Those came in for "yes" by a wide margin.Carolyn Short, head of Keep AZ Drug Free, the measure's chief opposition, said she was glad the race was tight but found the outcome incredibly disappointing."I think many Arizonans are in for a big surprise when they find out what this is all about," Short said.Supporters said the measure will offer relief to patients suffering from debilitating conditions.Opponents argued that it's a first step toward legalization and will lead to rampant abuse. They also argued that the measure, as written, offers special protection to marijuana users that insulates them from regulation.The measure calls for the Arizona Department of Health Services to register and issue identification cards to patients and caregivers to use marijuana or grow up to 12 plants if they live far from a dispensary. The department will also regulate the dispensaries, of which there will be one for every 10 pharmacies.Arizona voters approved medical marijuana use in 1996, but the measure never took effect because it would have required a doctor's prescription, which is illegal under the federal law.Proposition 203 instead will require a doctor's recommendation, which has the same weight as a prescription but only on a state level.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last year that the government wouldn't prosecute marijuana users who comply with state laws.The Arizona Marijuana Policy Project, the main group supporting Proposition 203, raised $778,000. Three-quarters of that amount, or $579,000, came from the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington D.C.-based lobby involved in many state marijuana laws.Keep AZ Drug Free, 203's chief opponent, raised more than $20,000 toward their cause. The Arizona Cardinals donated nearly half of that amount with a $10,000 contribution.The proposition garnered little support from Arizona leaders. Five county sheriffs and 11 county attorneys state their opposition in the Secretary of State's Office publicity pamphlet.U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., joined at a news conference by Republican Reps. Trent Franks and John Shadegg, denounced the proposition.What happened?Proposition 203 had trailed since the Nov. 2 general election, but two key factors keyed the turnaround:• Pima County, second to Maricopa County in population, had high turnout and came in solidly in favor of the measure.• Maricopa County's vote was only slightly against the proposition, and about 40,000 provisional ballots counted Thursday and Friday came in for "yes" by a wide margin.Source: Kingman Daily Miner (AZ)Author: David Rookhuyzen, Cronkite News ServicePublished: November 15, 2010Copyright: 2010 Kingman Daily MinerContact: opinion kingmandailyminer.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #11 posted by museman on November 17, 2010 at 08:52:03 PT
"We live in a police state."
Supported by a mainstream media that intends to do all the 'thinking' for us. Maintained by the SQAK institutions that program, but do not teach, children how to conform to that fascism. Run by an exclusive club of 'lawyers' who are in it for the money that controls them quite well. Articles of watered down compromises with the truth abound. Fearful people stand in adamant support of their slave rights; i.e. -the 'right' to feed off the rich peoples table scraps, and many well dressed 'favored slaves' parade in front of the cameras as a well orchestrated distraction to garner and solicit implied agreement for the false values of the Status Quo.Meanwhile cops multiply like fruit flies.People vote for liberty, cops vote for power. People speak sane, sensible truths, SQAKS argue semantics. Defenders of the misbegotten belief in money, propriety, and social status stand in the middle of the road blocking the increasing flow. Sooner or later they get run over. -if they don't wise up and get out of the way.*****Survival Is My Day Job*********Survival is my day job, ain't makin' minimum wage.State don't care 'bout my welfare, just as soon put me in a cage.
 I'd smoke my share of herb, so much better than beer.But I can't fight the government, or even ease one mans' fear.
 There's a tempest in the making, a self destruct in almost everyone's brain.No trouble for me now, it's already driven me insane.I'm on the other side of crazy, headin' nowhere, 'cause I got nowhere to go.
 Red sky in the morning, no rain before the day is done.In the clear and present danger, don't it make you want to turn and run? 
"Who will save us?"I hear you cryin' in the lonesome night.Love is the answer. Will we ever get it right?
Survival is my day job.I'm on the other side of crazy, headin' nowhere 'cause I got nowhere to go.Survival is my day job. Survival is my day job.Survival is my day job. Survival is my day job.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #10 posted by Paint with light on November 17, 2010 at 00:54:25 PT
Time gives a typical mass media interpretation of current events.If a person is smart enough they can understand the bias and read between the lines.Some people aren't that smart.If a person does not have a TV, it brings most of the world's and the nation's stories and pictures to you once a week.Some things they get right and some things they get wrong, just like people here.I am completely capable of reading and looking at a magazine and not lose my ability to think.There are several things in the actual article in the print version that I hope to have time to comment on some time later.Legal like alcohol.......still the answer most people can understand.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on November 16, 2010 at 16:17:58 PT
I have had to turn off the news and watch other programs during the day since elections. This country doesn't seem to be a country that cares about people who live here but just the rich who never seem to have enough money. I have never been patriotic since I went to parochial school and that was never taught luckily. I am a people person and that's about it.
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on November 16, 2010 at 16:11:05 PT
FOM I couldn't agree more.Yesterday I read that the Republicans will likely stop us from signing a new nuclear treaty with Russia to reduce the number of warheads to 1,500 each. I guess 1,500 nukes isn't enough for the Republicans, they may need to kill MORE people
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on November 16, 2010 at 09:27:41 PT
I was talking to my nephew from Florida this morning. We spent a few minutes talking about how bad it is going to be with the Republicans in control in his state and in my state now. We agreed to get ready for a rough ride. Maybe someday I will understand why people vote for them but for now I have no idea whatsoever. They are only for big business and nothing about the people of our country who made our country as good as it was. Those days I think might be gone forever. I feel very sorry for the younger generation. They will never be able to enjoy what we did and that's sad.
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on November 16, 2010 at 09:03:53 PT
Time, NJ
I remember once my Mom told me what people used to say in the 60's and 70's:"Life Magazine is for people who don't want to read. Time Magazine is for people who don't want to think"I see that Time continues the propaganda by picturing a half-smoked joint, with all the negative connotation. When they show pictures of flowers you'll know it's not propaganda.When I look at NJ I think less about the current governor and more about the fact that government NEVER should have been given the right to control personal medication. When you think about it the CSA is nothing but pure tyranny. What human right could possibly be more important that the right to treat your own pain? It's absurd to think that one man can tell another man how bad his pain is and how much medicine is enough. We live in a police state
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 16, 2010 at 05:21:28 PT
Sinsemilla Jones
I knew when a Republican got in that he would do everything he could to try to trip up medical marijuana in New Jersey. 
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Comment #4 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on November 15, 2010 at 23:01:10 PT
Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Ass Asshole
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 15, 2010 at 17:14:27 PT
N.J. Doctors Required To 'Make Reasonable Efforts'
N.J. Doctors Required To 'Make Reasonable Efforts' to Wean Patients Off Medical MarijuanaNovember 15, 2010Trenton -- Doctors who recommend their sickest patients use marijuana to alleviate their suffering must "make reasonable efforts" at least every three months to wean their patients off the drug, according to the latest rules Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has proposed to implement the controversial law next year.URL:
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 15, 2010 at 13:52:34 PT
Paint with Light
You just posted what I was going to post. The author is being interviewed on MSNBC right now! Cool!
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Comment #1 posted by Paint with light on November 15, 2010 at 13:20:41 PT
Time magazine cover
I just got my latest issue of Time.I just wanted to give a "heads" up to anyone interested. to follow, maybe.Legal like alcohol.
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