Despite the fact that the neighbouring California legalized medicinal marijuana as early as 1996, it took the more conservative Arizona 14 more years to pass its own Arizona Medical Marijuana Act or proposition 203.
Despite the fact that the neighboring California legalized medicinal marijuana as early as 1996, it took the more conservative Arizona 14 more years to pass its own Arizona Medical Marijuana Act or Proposition 203. It was passed in November 2010 with a narrow vote of 50.1% to 49.9% (less that 5 thousand votes made this critical impact, which should be noted by everyone, who supports marijuana legalization in the US) and like in most states started with a citizen petition.
The current initiative allows terminally ill patients who find relief from marijuana to use it, but only with their doctors approval. It protects them from arrest and prosecution for taking their prescribed medical marijuana, protects them in court in case of arrest permits patients or their caregivers to purchase their medical cannabis from regulated dispensaries, allows them to cultivate their own marijuana for personal medical use if there is no clinic in a 25 mile radius. Still no public consumption and DUI’s are allowed.