Saturday, November 13, 2010

Arizona's Proposition 203 Passes, Medical Marijuana Allowed [PROP 203]

Arizona's Proposition 203 Passes, Medical Marijuana Allowed [PROP 203] Arizona has become the 15th state to allow the use of medical marijuana. Earlier we reported that Prop 203 didn't pass - or at least appeared to have not passed. After counting absentee ballots Prop 203 passed by a slim margin of just over 4,400 votes.

That is just another reminder of why it's important to VOTE. Every vote counts.

The law allows up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks, and there can be only one dispensary per 10 pharmacies. If you live 25 miles or more from a dispensary, you can grow your own personal use marijuana, but only if you have a prescription.

Oregon's Ballot measure 74 did not pass, but the reason was that there were concerns that the failure to limit the number of dispensaries allowed in the state would encourage illicit sales.

Prop 19 in California, which would have legalized marijuana across the state, failed, although by a relatively narrow margin.

Are you glad that Arizona's Proposition 203 Passed, and that Medical Marijuana is Allowed in Arizona? [PROP 203]

97 comments:

  1. This is a sad day in the state of Arizona.

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  2. YES! Finally, people come to their senses!

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  3. blazin to celebrate

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  4. Finally, Those in need of marijuana for there severe pain, Now I don't need to use pain pills which have bad side effects unlike marijuana!

    Thank YOU! now i don't have to live in pain

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  5. Whom ever said that this a sad day is a Loser!
    Marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as Cigs or alcohal.
    The marijuana prohibition obviously didn't work, just like alcohal prohibition didn't work. People are going to smoke Weed regardless. Your ignorant to the plant, probably have never smoked in your life and oblivious to the fact that the government has demonized something that THE LORD GOD made. Ill trust Gods hands before ill trust Man to manufactor a small pill, with debilitating side affects. No man has died from from Weed. Get your facts straight. Born and Raised in Mesa Az! This is a Proud Day!

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  6. I am a citizen of Phoenix, Arizona. I have been living with HIV for five years, and currently have three other potentially life-threatening illnesses. I have been underweight for the duration of my HIV infection and have suffered greatly due to not being able to eat enough (in fact I would have starved a long time ago if not for the effects of herbal medications). Eating is not a privilege and eating is not a luxury. I have the right to survive, and I am glad that the state I live in finally agrees with me on this. The travesty is that it was illegal in the first place. I don't think that an individual's medical decisions should be made by a popular vote.

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  7. It was about time! Should have been passed a long time ago. This NATURAL herb is not nearly as dangerous as many other "legal" drugs like alcohol. Ban alcohol I say... The people of Arizona have spoken, and for those opposing it, get yourself a "prescription" and try it. You might be a bit more relaxed.

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  8. It's about time common sense won out.

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  9. TOKE TOKE TOKE TOKE. finally my mom doesnt have to live in pain everyday because obviously morphine and flexril doesnt do anything if she still cant hardly walk after taking so many pills those who dont support the fact that people need it to be able to walk or even get out of bed in the morning. you might as well go and make a hole in the ground and start living there cuz welcome to reality people. I SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA 100%. now who is gonna roll one for me?

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  10. Finally common sense at the ballot box. These people who are against must live in a different world than I. Marijuana is everywhere regardless of your opinion, the problem is that narco terrorists have the government mandated monopoly to profit from it.

    This is just a step in the right direction, but we still need to punish those who drive high, but saving millions on jailing and fighting the war on drugs will go a long way to helping our economy.

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  11. Marijuana for pain...? Just take an advil it works better lol

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  12. It's about time! I never thought I would see the day that a traditionally narrow minded state like Arizona would pass this proposition; but I am PROUD to say that I voted for it and I'm ecstatic that it has passed!

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  13. I have cousin with HIV. He was underweight and practically no appetite and has heart disease. He had to move to Michigan to be able to obtain Marijuana legally. Now he can go home. Personally, I never saw the sense of such laws forbidding the use of a medicinal plant and robbing the taxpayers and wasting cops time to bust someone for possession of a plant. Thank you people of Arizona.

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  14. This is great news. However, I wish the media would use more realistic artwork on stories about medical marijuana. Instead of someone smoking a joint, you should show someone using a vaporizer. Vaporizing is safer than smoking. Cannabis vapor does not contain the potentially harmful products of combustion that are present in burned cannabis. Let's promote safe use of cannabis instead of reinforcing old stereotypes.

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  15. Thank you Arizona!

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  16. Congratulations Arizona!

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  17. I agree with born and raised in Mesa, AZ. The person who wrote, "This is a sad day in the state of Arizona," is an ignorant, "Loser." I have a rare and extremely painful spinal cord disease called Transverse Myelitis and I have been 'confined' to a wheelchair for the last 8 years. If the measure had stuck in Arizona when it first passed many years ago, I would have been able to choose Marijuana for my pain, instead of opiates. But, because the Prop. back then used the word, "prescription," rather than, "recommendation," from the Doctor, the law was gutted by the AZ legislature (something about the feds. controlling the use of that word, "prescription"), and I had to settle for opiates for my pain, instead of Marijuana, you ignorant, "sad day," fool. Now, it will be extremely difficult for me to get off of the opiates and use only Marijuana, and will probably require rehabilitation, etc. But at least I know have another weapon to combat my pain that works. I hope, "sad day," never has to face the kind of pain I face every day, but if he or she ever does, I'm glad they'll now have Marijuana to help alleviate their pain.

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  18. I am rather certain that medical marijuana for pain isn't for the type of pain you take an advil for. Advil is over the counter and for things like a common headache. Medical marijuana is another option when the doctors are perscribing more toxic medications such as morphine. To the person who suggested advil, why don't you try a few years of tortuous and unbearable pain due to a medical condition and take a few advil for it. I'm sure that an advil will suffice. (BTW that was sarcasm.)

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  19. I have a Medical Condition and am prescribed
    Oxycondone which I take for Pain. Although it does relive pain it makes me sick in other ways.

    I am glad Prop 203 passed because I would rather have a NATURAL pain reliever, one that GOD MADE, not some chemist in a Laboratory.

    I will be getting a Prescription for medical marijuana soon, VERY SOON!

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  20. This is among the worst things that could happen to our great state! I am in mourning!

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  21. The sky is falling- the sky is falling! lol

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  22. Take an advil. What an idiot. Destroy your liver with painkillers. The clueless never learn. I am so proud of my state today! Compassion wins over fear and ignorance. Thank you Lord! This God given herb is a blessing. Unless your income depends on continuing prohibition. Sorry law enforcement, big pharma and the for-profit prison industry! Score!!! Also thanks to the Voter Protection Act, our idiot legislators can't touch this law. WOO HOO! Off for some post-game festivities. Praise the Lord and pass the medication...

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  23. i am still waiting for one is these ignorant "the world is over now" type of people to give me a good reason why they are soooo bummed out. why do you care what im doing in the privacy of my own home. im going to use this drug regardless... only now i can do it without having to know i am breaking the law.

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  24. Thank God!! I know people with nasty illnesses such as hep C sneaking around for decades to try to be out of pain. People with hep C cannot withstand the effects of the nasty pill drugs on their liver! and people with hep C do not have much of an appetite. Pot helps them to be out of pain and stay alive because they can eat!! Thank you all you brave people who voted against the ignorant nutballs. Ignorant nutballs please get a clue. You do not have the right to insist people stay in pain because you know nothing about marijuana. Stop hurting people!! Live and let live!!

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  25. To, "I am in mourning," please feel free to move to a non medical Marijuana state as soon as you can. Pray you never get cancer, MS, HIV or any of a million other painful illnesses. Don't let the bong hit you in your rear end on the way out of our Great State, you jackwad.

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  26. Good day for all stoners
    sad though
    az already have enough dumb ppl as it is

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  27. Wow! I was feeling down because it seemed, in early ballot counting, that the Proposition would go down in flames. Instead, Prop. 203 has passed and now it will be legal for some patients. So, will it be grown in Arizona? If so, I would love to work the fields of medical cannabis. I have been unemployed for almost a year now and would love a job in the medical marijuana industry! Wow. This is a great day for our state despite what that anonymous Fool said earlier. Come on Arizona, let's get to work!.... and pass that medical marijuana cigarette!

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  28. this will benefit many people who NEED marijuana for medication...those who doubt it's medicinal value: get your head out of the sand!

    http://www.facebook.com/free.the.leaf

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  29. It's ABOUT TIME!!! Finally I can be free of pain

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  30. I am beyound excited! Thank you AZ. I am truly sorry for those who are suffering and I do hope MJ helps you. For those who aren't happy, please stop thinking only of your self and start educating. If I could get my parents to change there votes. I think I could get yours =D
    God Bless America

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  31. I posted above. (HIV+ Phoenician who thinks eating isn't a privilege.) I am deeply offended that someone's in mourning because I finally have a chance to live. I think it says a lot about somebody when they are opposed to severely ill people in AZ getting effective medical treatment. In contrast I can come out of mourning and stop planning my own funeral at age 25. Shame on everyone who voted against prop 203 because they voted for people to die miserable drawn out deaths. Thank goodness they didn't win (especially since the proposition has passed popular vote twice in the past). How dare people vote in favor of misery and death? My only guess is that people went with the media brainwashing instead of becoming educated about the issue. (I am hesitating to think that that many people in Arizona are that plain evil.) Did anyone else notice that of the 14 states (3 of which share borders with AZ) that already allowed medical marijuana, the only one showed on the news was California, which has been notorious for several complications. I believe that the local Phoenix news attempted to inform people of worst case scenario, rather than being realistic to the current legislation. Arizona is not California. Furthermore, many people have been misinformed by the anti-drug programs that classify marijuana as a narcotic. Botanically and medically speaking, marijuana is not a narcotic at all. It was classified as such by Anslinger who was the head of the narcotics bureau back in the day and did not have jurisdiction over marijuana. So he had a team of government scientists investigate the medical properties of marijuana. Over 100 medical uses for marijuana were found and it was found to be non-narcotic. Anslinger didn't approve of these results so he threw them out and had the experiments redone by scientists he paid. Then the results were exactly what he wanted: no medical use and strong narcotic. As a consequence of "fixing" the scientific information of marijuana, Anslinger made millions of dollars (in today's money, it would be billions). So think about that before you start mourning based on fear and misinformation.

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  32. With Jan Brewer still in office we all may need it

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  33. Arizona is darn near utopia at this point! Yes on personal liberties and gun ownership. Yes on medical marijuana and compassionate care. Yes on individual defense and property defense / right to autonomy laws. Yes to AHCCCS health care and benefits for those in need. HOT weather down south, COLD weather up north, you can have damn near everything here in AZ!

    Prop 203 winning is GREAT news. The only people that don't like it are those unaware of the efficacy in nausea, preventing wasting and turning chemo patients from misery to normal in just a couple minutes. Marinol is expensive, synthetic, and omits most of the cannibinoids and all the terpines.

    Yay AZ!

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  34. "Marijuana for pain...? Just take an advil it works better lol"
    who ever said this is un educated. cannabis can help pains not even aspirin or morphine can re-leave.
    i wish i had it for may back and neck iv tried pills from my doctor they just depressed me and made me feel wired and didnt help at all. different story with cannabis.
    wish my state would get medical cannabis.

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  35. thankgod man smoke it up. i waited for a long time

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  36. i have been waiting 10 years for this thx to all you who shown your suport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  37. Danny and Michael's MomNovember 13, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    In honor of my sons, Michael who fought so hard for this proposition to be passed in loving memory of his brother Danny. Danny fought a 15 month battle with advanced testicular cancer. He fought courageously, but that didn't change the nausea that plagued him constantly, the lack of appetite that weakened him physically, and the unending searing pain that wracked his body. He was 19 years old. Dear God, if only some of his suffering could have been alleviated by medical marijuana. He deserved at least that. Michael, perhaps now people will not have to watch their loved ones suffer the way we did. Thank-you Michael for fighting the good fight, and thank you Danny for the inspiration you gave us to hang in there, and never give up. I love you guys.

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  38. This is a PROUD day for Arizona! Thank you to the poster who whipped out some Anslinger knowledge, proving themselves to be a more reliable source on marijuana's history than most laypeople. (If your pro-marijuana arguements never mention his name, you are on the right track but not fully informed, please look it up!) A little PERSONAL knowledge on this subject would be nice from the naysayers, I notice none of them have any points to back their positions up... To me, drinking is a horrible thing to engage in, I've seen the way it makes people act. But I've never actually drank (and I'm 30 years old), so I don't tell people not to, and I certainly don't tell them "It's a sad day when you decided to do something to yourself that I know virtually nothing about." I also do not automatically condemn all drinkers because of the actions or stupid statements made by a couple of people who drink. What is truely sad is the close minded attitude of judgmental asses in our society who just accept what they've heard on TV or read in the newspapers on face value. Take 20 minutes, do a little research and form your own opinion. Quit counting on someone else to make up your mind, it's lazy and a crutch so that when things don't go "your way", you can blame it on someone/thing else. Congrats AZ (particularly Pima County!!!), and shame on the No voters. It is you who are misinformed, and it is you that I feel sorry for. I'm glad that I have reached a level of maturity that allows me to think for myself, and hope that someday, you do, too. To my legitimate medical users- it's a great day when we won't face prosecution for simply trying to remain a viable, contributing member of society! Work and live on, friends, for today, our state is standing behind us- finally! And lastly, to the "stoners" who just like to get high: This is not your fight, and you need to be quiet. Everytime you use the words "man" or "dude" in a pro-legalization arguement, you set our cause back 2 steps. For the record- I, too, think it should be fully legal, but we need to take this thing in steps, right now we're concentrating on medical. Join the fight legitimatly, with knowledge and facts, or quietly bow out. Your time will come, but it's not now.

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  39. Those of you who are so sure this is a good thing; will you be so brave and outspoken when this leads to worse actions? Will you take responsibility when the truth about the effects of marijuana come out, not the information you want to hear that agrees with your opinion?

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  40. I suffer from spinal cord damage that causes incredibly painful muscle spasms, like a Charley Horse X10. The only legal medication that helped the spasms was Zanaflex, but Zanaflex was destroying my liver and I came close to having it fail completely.
    The only thing that helps the spasms, without killing me quickly, is marijuana.
    I am a 50 yr old upstanding citizen that would like to no longer be considered a criminal because I need to medicate.

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  41. While it may be that using cannabis is less harmful than using drugs like morphine or oxycontin, that doesn't mean it doesn't have any harmful side effects of its own. I don't disagree with the proposition passing, just stating facts that people need to be aware of. Smoking anything, no matter what it is, damages the lungs. Especially with long term use (common sense). I agree with the poster who said we should promote safe use of cannabis. It also increases anxiety in some people and decreases attention span/concentration levels in others. So although the drug itself won't kill you I'd still say it's best for people to steer clear of driving while using it. I'm saying this from a few personal experiences btw, so don't call me ignorant. Other than that I think legalizing marijuana could have a significant impact on the economy and reduce illegal activity associated with it. I don't personally smoke anymore, but I don't disagree with those that do as long as they are smart about it.

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  42. What worse actions? What truth do you speak of? Plain and simple. People are sick. Some are dying. They cant eat, they are in excruciating pain. Marijuana ALLEVIATES their nausea and pain. How can you possibly be opposed to that? I hope that you never have to watch your loved one go through such an awful ordeal. I suppose you will sit by knowing that there is a way to lessen their suffering, but hold on to YOUR opinions! Your opinions are strong! Unfortunately, they do nothing to help the people who are weak, and need help.

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  43. I consider myself to be an ultra-conservative, and I am also very pro-medical marijuana. As a nurse, I think it’s about friggin’ time. When my aunt in Indian has to pay a pharmaceutical company one hundred dollars for a marijuana pill while trying to cope with her breast cancer, I think that gives us a pretty good idea of the forces behind the fight against making it legal. If you want to protest something, how about the drive thru liquor stores, or the narcotics or benzos that doctors prescribe like candy? Get your priorities straight, people. And those of you that enjoy your cocktails every evening, understand that is just your drug of choice, and it has absolutely no medicinal value.

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  44. Has Arizona ever tried to pass this in the past or is the 1st time it has been on the ballot?

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  45. I found some interesting information while doing research for an English 102 paper on medical marijuana this past spring. What many people don't know is that Arizona ALREADY passed medicinal marijuana back in 1996, but it was repealed because it was a federal crime for doctors to prescribe marijuana back then. And, if I am not mistaken, it passed by an even greater margin than it did this time around.

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  46. Hell Yes! At least AZ did 1 thing right on election night!

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  47. WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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  48. Thank you for the information Scott! :)

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  49. Thank the LORD...I have suffered from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for almost ten years now and because of marijuana becoming legal I will finally be able to get rid of all the pain killers. I take them to keep MY BODY from withdrawing, they do not help with the pain anymore. This is what happens, you build a tolerance to the medications and you just get prescribed more and more dangerous drugs. The side effects are awful and I know that smoking helps, but do not do it because of the law, now finally I will be able to be free from pills. HALLELUJAH!!!!

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  50. As an ultra conservative, I voted for prop 203 because of the medical necessity that it is for some. It is much safer than most of the pain killers and medicines that are prescribed today. I know there are many who must use medical marijuana and that there are also many different ways that it can be used besides being smoked.

    Making medical marijuana legal will ensure clean medication for these people without them having to use product that has been smuggled in a tire across the border or mixed with dirty crap. Contrary to what the media has been reporting, marinol does not work the same way and it IS possible to self regulate the dosages if the product is grown in a clean and proper environment.

    My son, has a condition that gives him vocal physical tics. It is called Tourette's syndrome and affects his central nervous system. It causes him great anxiety.. for his whole life we have tried everything imaginable and for much of his life he has had to be on many hard medications. He was tired of being drugged and going through life in a daze. He tried MJ and found that using only a very small amount in a vaporizer in the morning, afternoon and at night made it possible for him to function calmly without tics and he is also able to sleep. We moved him to colorado so he could get his license and not be illegal. He has been very homesick and now, if he wants to, he can move back home where all of his family is.

    I know that just like any prescription, this could be abused by those who don't need it.. but I think that if marijuana if illegal, alcohol should be too. Personally, I don't drink or smoke and am not planning on doing so, but I still don't believe this should have ever have been a criminalized drug.

    So.. thanks to God it passed.

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  51. I am too happy. I suffer from a pinched nerve and then some which makes life even more challenging every day. The meds that were prescribed by my doctor caused me to gain weight and didn't help with the pain. I can't explain how happy I am that I can finally get some relief. Great decision Arizona.....

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  52. Im kinda sad it did not pass by 420 votes. that would have been better ^_^

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  53. My father is dying of advanced Parkinson's disease. Marijuana will help him with his chronic pain which he cannot be prescribed narcotics for due to his disease. It will increase his appetite, as he is wasting away. It will help reduce incidences of waking from vivid nightmares. Thank you young people of AZ for allowing my WWII vet father a medicine that will allow him to enjoy a few more years more comfortably. Thank you you wonderful wise youth.

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  54. Good, because I had too many friends die from addiction to OXY CODONES and other pharmaceutical related drugs. All my pot head / non prescription pill med friends are still alive.

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  55. It is a sad day for Arizona. People in Arizona are already dumb as it is, we don't need "medical" marijuana to make us more dumb. "medical" my butt. Just another reason for them to make money and how many people actually have real problems and need it. We don't "medical" marijuana around here. If you people haven't noticed, its mostly the teenagers who are happy that this law passed. why does everybody made this prop 203 sound like the legal marijuana throughout the whole states. its okay. we'll learn from our mistakes.

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  56. Yes! I can"t believe it! This is unbelievable news for those of us who believe in the power of this herb. I have had to use marijuana illegally for years for chronic neck pain, but quit since I had children. I just couldn't take the risk of going to jail. I now take prescription muscle relaxers but they make me groggy in the morning and make me want to sleep to much. As far as the long term health problems associated with them, who knows? Marijuana agrees with me and does what no prescription can do. I thank the powers that be, our system of democracy, and everyone who actually voted to pass this most important proposition! FREEDOM!!!!!

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  57. In response to the "medical my butt" self admitted dummy. I am a daily smoker. I am a electrical engineer (Masters Degree). I own a very successful and prominent business that employs over 8000.
    Money is not the reason the bill passed. In fact in could be one of the "harmful side-effects" that will help the states budget crisis.
    The real reason I believe it passed is for.......get this, medical use.
    There are many advocates out there that voted for their personal freedom of choice. This is what I voted for. I am not sick. I like marijuana. I don't drink alcohol or take any form of narcotics. I smoke marijuana.
    If smoking it is the BIG deal because it damages the lungs, I have great news. You can eat it, vaporize it, and drink it in tea.
    Don't try to judge before you understand. We are not all dummy's as you say. Next time you are out in public look around you and realize, that more than 50 percent of the people around you are pot smokers. Including your doctors, lawyers, judges, and even religious figures.
    I do have a suggestion to quell your concerns.
    Smoke a bowl and relax.

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  58. Loving Arizona wooohhhoooo

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  59. In the future they need to drug test voters! If you show up positive your vote should not count!

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  60. "medical my butt", not only are you stupid, you are wrong. Most teenagers I know didn't even vote. The people in support of prop 203 cover all ages an are of all political beliefs and all economic backgrounds. It just makes sense to pass this prop. If you uneducated about MJ then just shut it!

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  61. Good to see the pot heads showed up again to vote like they did for Obama.

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  62. some of you people are SO fucking ignorant. jesus.

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  63. People against: You know little to nothing about what is going to happen as you can not predict the future.
    People for: See Above.

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  64. Yay!:D
    Now the law can help regulate it(: Hopefully this will lead to full on legalization in time!(:
    I'm happy to live in such a progressive time.

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  65. There are some ignorant people in this country. Marijuana is a plant that grows naturally in the ground. Smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol is a lot worse for you that smoking cannabis. Why is it that people feel sad that others will be able to find relief in something that before could cause them to get a felony or be arrested??? Dont be so damn selfish and grow up!!!

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  66. I don't use drugs and alcohol, but I completely agree with legalizing marijuana, first medically, then recreationally. Alcohol and benzodiazepines (xanax) are the only substances that people can actuallly lose their life from the withdrawls from the drug (alcohol) itself. Marijuana --- small beans in comparison to MUCH bigger problems.

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  67. Yes, it is wonderful that people can now get their marijuana legally. I can just imagine all the conjured up pain that people will be rushing to the doctor for now. Sure some people probably need it, but in the future it will be the others who are taking advantage of this that will be using the most of it. Cigarettes and alcohol are bad for you and they are readily available...so now we add yet another thing that in the long term is bad for you...why don't we just make all the illegal stuff legal and watch people self destruct. Here comes more lung cancer. It's not bad enough that they can get it from cigarettes...now they can get it from "medical" marijuana. Hooray for us!

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  68. Glad to see my Military Absentee ballot helped make it happen. These long deployments and wearing all this heavy gear has really given me some back pain. Looks like it's time to get out and head on back home to good old AZ cause now I can legally take the edge off. It's about time.

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  69. It's just a way to get high; you can get the same effect ingesting pot. Smoking it is a complete joke; I like the idea of drug testing voters. Society is going down the drain with everything we are condoning.

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  70. How rational and well informed is the average 18-29 year old? These are the same brats that voted for Obama.

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  71. The same stoners who showed up to vote for Obama did again to vote yes for smoking pot.

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  72. Since the day he was born, my husband has had severe eczema. As in, when we go to a new doctor on what we consider a good day, they think he's got a pretty bad breakout.

    Moving down here helped -- no more of the 30+ MRSA boils he had in a given year -- but he still itches everywhere. All the time. He likens it to having ants crawl over every inch of your body.

    Besides scalding hot showers (which numb his skin) the only thing that alleviates that sensation at all is marijuana. His ADHD is also ameliorated by it.

    Yeah, some people will abuse the law by finding doctors willing to diagnose any paying customer with anxiety. But people will always find less-than-desirable ways to self-medicate.

    I'm just thrilled that my husband can potentially be semi-comfortable without worrying about going to prison.

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  73. I love every single one of you that voted yes on prop 203, it brings joy to my heart. For those that voted no well hears a heads up, Fact WEED has zero records of deaths, FACT childrens i repeat CHILDRENS TYLENOL KILLS.

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  74. I will be 75 before this year ends. I have never had the need for medical marijuana, and have never used it. But I might yet need it. I have known a good many who needed it (and used it illegally) to relieve them of constant debilitating pain. (It might work better for me for my insomnia, not allowed yet, than the prescribed drug I am presently using, at great cost to my pension plan). I have reared 2 daughters, and they have 5 children, none of whom are either narcotic drugs users nor marijuana users. I told them all the simple truth about these various substances.

    For those anti-illegal substance whackos reading this, I am quite sure that the drug cartels and pimps in this nation salute you, as you are the ones keeping them in a most profitable business.

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  75. Does anyone out there know how one becomes involved in the growing end of the industry now that we finally passed 203 here in AZ ?

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  76. Yeeeeeesssssss!!! AZ native! Now I don't have to move to California, O yeah all you dealers better get a real job now! LMFAO

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  77. typical: people against legalization have poor or no evidence or logic to back it up, just a bunch of dramatic scare-tactics. if any drug should be illegal, it should be alcohol. i believe the government shouldn't tell me what to do with my body. and hey, i'm not a psycho pot-head criminal!

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  78. Finally, after constantly checking the internet ever since election night, I can enjoy the fact that AZ isn't entirely composed of an idiotic citizenry.
    For my entire life, I have had flat feet so badly that every doctor told me, "Those are the flattest feet I've ever seen." For a couple of years now, they've caused intense leg pain and a shift in my knees and heels. I can't even walk straight anymore. Now that AZ has medical marijuana, I celebrate the following:
    1. I won't have to deal with pain just to walk place-to-place.
    2. People in pain won't have to worry about shady dealers.
    3. Less kids will use it (it's more available when it's illegal).
    4. Users won't have to worry about who is growing their medicine.
    5. Not as many people will be going to jail for seeking relief from pain.
    6. Less money will be wasted on opiate-based drugs (that are extremely bad for you) and more money will go to legitimate businesses.

    There are more points, but I think you get the idea. The anti-pot folks need to get a grip on reality and realize that Above the Influence is not a credible source of information. If you want to actually understand a drug, check out some articles in the journal of Psychopharmacology. Otherwise, you're just going to continue fearing and hating something without a good reason.

    "Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering."

    If only the anti-pot folks would understand that. Stop living in fear and learn to love. Anger and yelling will get you nowhere good -- and I mean you, Tea Partiers.

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  79. I heard people talking about selling medical marijuana to make some money. isn't this law supposed to be for the patients who are suffering from pain? Well let's keep it that way.

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  80. Prop 203 is for the usage of Medical Marijuana right? Why is everyone making it seem like they made marijuana legal altogether?

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  81. I have to say that I am glad that Prop 203 has passed. I have had to deal with chronic pain for over 22 years now. I was in a car accident when I was 17 & almost had to have 2 hips replaced, not to mention the back pain I have had since & the pain from the whiplash they never caught. Since then I have been suffered from 2 exploding discs in my lower back, back surgery, permanent nerve damage & a recent diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Along the way I have also was one of the lucky ones that has developed a liver disease too!

    I have gained a TON of weight because I can barely get myself to exercise, even with the pain medications there are days that it just doesn't help enough to keep going. I have a terrible time doing simple things like grocery shopping, cooking dinner for my family & even basic household chores.

    Over the years I was on & off various pain medications & muscle relaxers. However, over the last 3 1/2 years I have been taking them non-stop, just so I can survive another day of pain. To name a few, I have had to take Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Flexiril & my latest round of Morphine, Neurontin, Soma & Savella…(which all BARELY help my pain). In addition to the above mentioned medication, I have to now take medication for high blood pressure, liver disease & pre-diabetes… a total of 19 pills a day!

    Although I have NO IDEA how or if I will be prescribed medical marijuana by my pain specialist, rheumatologist, neurologist or my primary care doc… I am truly glad that there may be some hope to get off all of these meds & get my life back some day.

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  82. would medical marijuana help with epstein bar?

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  83. there are lots of manifestations of the Epstein Barr virus. What are your symptoms?

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  84. What was sad was so many people voted to let cancer victims and other victims of serious diseases suffer for so long. That was a sad commentary on the people of AZ in general. Jesus would not have approved, I don't think.

    But the forces of good and healing and love have conquered again! Thanks to all who voted, and let's all vote on everything from now on and really piss off the schizophrenic war-mongerers!

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  85. Thanks to the passing of prop 203, I look forward to the possibility of being able to wean off of the harmful pharmaceuticals for pain, and to be able to use medical marijuana. The long term effects of meds like Oxycontin are serious, and it is very addictive. Marijuana is a much safer, natural alternative for people like me who suffer with painful diseases. Thank you AZ!

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  86. I'm going to work on getting it since I have MS & have had it since 1994 dx in 2008.I am tired of feeling the way I've been & always having some sort of pain.I wasn't one to take it before but know there is benefits for MS.So anyone with MS use it & start feeling better.

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  87. THIS IS WHAT I HAVE TO SAY TO ALL YOU NARROW MINDED FOOLISH PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA,"WAKE UP!" THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IS NOT ONLY A BREAKTHROUGH IN MEDICINE BUT HUMAN RIGHTS AS WELL. WE NOW HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE AN ALTENATIVE TO HARD CORE MAN MADE DRUGS! DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU SPEAK OUT OF TURN. MUST I REMIND YOU THIS LAW REQUIRES A PRESCRIPTION TO USE MARIJUANA? YES, YOU MUST OBTAIN A PRESCRIPTION FROM A DOCTOR, IT'S NOT LIKE A CHILD CAN WALK INTO A STORE AND BUY MARIJUANA.THIS IS A PRESCRIPTION ONLY MEDICINE,WICH MEANS A DOCTOR MUST EXAMINE YOU AND DECIDE IF MARIJUANA IS RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR AILMENTS BEFORE WRITTING A PRESCRIPTION. YES,A DOCTOR WITH A MINIMUM OF FOUR YEARS AS AN UNDERGRAD,ANOTHER MINIMUM OF FOUR YEARS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL,AN ADDITIONAL ONE TO THREE YEARS OF FELLOWSHIP OR RESIDENCY,AND THEN THE UNITED STATES MEDICAL LICENSING EXAM MUST BE PASSED,WICH IS DEFINATELY NO SUNDAY MORNING CROSSWORD PUZZLE AND LET US NOT FORGET THE COUNTLESS HOURS OF RESEARCH A DOCTOR DOES TO KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS AND BREAKTHROUGHS IN MEDICINE.SO ASK YOURSELF NEXT TIME BEFORE SPEAKING OUT OF TURN,DO YOU REALLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE ANY SORT OF JUDGEMENT CALL ON THIS TOPIC WHATSOEVER? I THINK NOT, I THINK THIS IS BEST LEFT FOR PROFESIONALS TO DECIDE.GO AHEAD AND SAY I'M WRONG, WE ARE ENTITLED UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO SPEAK FREELY,SO COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT ABOUT THIS ALTERNATIVE TO MAN MADE CHEMICALS.JUST GO AHEAD AND WHINE AND YELL ALL YOU WANT, GO AHEAD AND SWALLOW ANOTHER HIGHLY ADDICTIVE, SEVERE SIDE EFFECT CAUSING MAN MADE BODY POLLUTANT FOR ALL YOUR AILMENTS,GO AHEAD I DON'T CARE IF YOU THINK A MAN MADE CHEMICAL SUCH AS PERCOCET,OXYCONTIN,MORPHINE,DILAUDID,VICODIN,FLEXERIL,SOMA,XANAX,VALIUM,ECT.IS A BETTER SOLUTION TO AN UNTOUCHED GOD GIVEN HERB,BECAUSE THAT IS YOUR CHOICE,NOT MINE.HAVE FUN QUITTING A MAN MADE DRUG AFTER IT'S DUG IT'S NASTY MAN MADE ADDICTIVE CLAWS IN YOUR BODY,GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.OH WAIT,I'M SURE THEY HAVE SOME OTHER MAN MADE DRUG TO HELP QUIT THE OTHER MAN MADE TOXIN YOUR BODY NOW DEPENDS ON AND WHEN YOU BECOME DEPENDANT ON THAT ONCE AGAIN I'M SURE THEY HAVE SOMETHING FOR YA.SO ANYWAYS HAVE FUN WITH THAT MAN MADE CYCLE OF CHEMICAL DEPENDECY,I'LL STICK TO GOD'S GIVEN,BYE!

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  88. I am so glad this passed. For just over a year now, I've been dealing with stomach problems that involve me waking up to intense, stabbing pain, that gives me nausea every time I eat and has me vomit enough to be legitimately concerned about my esophagus. If I were a girl and puked this much you'd call me bulimic. I'm not. I love eating. There is nothing more I miss in this world than being able to eat normally without feeling like I'm going to puke. Now I can get a license to smoke pot to get rid of it, a license to do what I've been doing anyway for the last month. After CT Scans, X-Rays, blood tests and urine samples and spending a few $1000 I don't have to have doctors tell me they don't know what's wrong, and to give me ineffective cancer meds at $120/bottle (which only lasts 3-6 days), its about damn time I can get something that will last me longer and is actually effective.

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