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|Victory in Arizona: Safe access to medical marijuana is coming for patients in the Grand Canyon State|
The measure had trailed until Friday afternoon, but is now leading by about 4,400 votes, reports Ray Stern at Phoenix New Times. The margin appears certain to be enough that remaining ballots will not reverse the trend.
"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).
About 8,000 early ballots and 2,000 provisional ballots from Maricopa County remained to be counted at 5:35 p.m., but the pro-Prop 203 trend seen in the last few tens of thousands of ballots "bodes extremely well for the measure," New Times reports.
"This fall, more than 1.7 million Arizona voters mailed in ballots and turned out to support Proposition 203, a ballot initiative that would end the arrest and imprisonment of patients for following their doctors' advice," Kampia of MPP said.
"While it seemed as if the initiative had fallen short on election night, it garnered enough support from late mail-in votes and provisional ballots to produce a victory!" Kampia said. "This is a historic day for Arizonans, who have made a significant contribution toward ending marijuana prohibition in this country."
Check out Ray Stern's story at Phoenix New Times.
|Graphic: Arizona Secretary of State|
|Prop 203 is leading by 4,421 votes at the latest count, with remaining ballots unlikely to reverse the trend|