The Associated Press is reporting that, out of 1.67 million votes cast statewide, Arizona voters approved a system for distributing medical marijuana by a scant 4,431. The measure was initially headed for a narrow defeat, but late voting totals pushed it over the threshold.
The final, unofficial count was 841,346 in favor of the measure and 837,005 opposed.
"Now begins the very hard work of implementing this program in the way it was envisioned, with very high standards," said Andrew Myers, campaign manager for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project. "We really believe that we have an opportunity to set an example to the rest of the country on what a good medical marijuana program looks like."
Proposition 203 will go into effect after the general-election canvass on Nov. 29.