November 14, 2010 in Nation/World

Arizona OKs medical marijuana

Associated Press

PHOENIX – Arizona voters have approved a measure that will legalize medical marijuana use in the state for people with chronic or debilitating diseases.

Final vote tallies showed Saturday that Proposition 203 won by a tiny margin of just 4,341 votes out of more than 1.67 million votes counted. In the initial count on Election Day, the measure trailed by about 7,200 votes.

Arizona is the 15th state to approve a medical marijuana law. The measure will allow patients with diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and any other “chronic or debilitating” disease that meets guidelines to buy 2  1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks or grow plants.

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