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Arizona Medical Marijuana Supporters Aim for Ballot

April 14, 2010

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters may get to decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

Supporters of a medical marijuana initiative submitted petition signatures Wednesday to the secretary of state’s office to qualify the proposal for the general election ballot.

The measure would allow people with certain medical conditions to have a small amount of marijuana if they have a doctor’s recommendation.

It would allow the creation of nonprofit marijuana dispensaries to sell the drug to approved patients.

Thirteen other states allow the possession of small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed a medical marijuana bill in January but it hasn’t yet become effective.

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