Prop 203 Recap: From Distant Hope to Victory; Final Numbers Show Measure Won
The passage of Proposition 203 will go down as one of the most memorable elections in state history.
The final numbers are in, and Arizona's medical marijuana has won by 4, 341 votes. There's no turning back. The Maricopa County elections department, in a bulletin sent moments ago, reports that Monday's update will be "minimal."
Just three days ago, the measure appeared to be riding an unstoppable wave to defeat. This historic election was a nail-biter of epic proportions for observers on both sides. On Election Day, November 2, the measure looked to have been narrowly defeated. Numerous blog sites and a few reputable media outlets, like the Phoenix Business Journal, called the race for the "no" side.
Days went by in which the measure hung in there, but didn't seem to be gathering enough steam to pull off a win. A new trend developed in the last couple of days of counting provisional ballots and then, in the Friday's evening vote count, the measure bounced from losing by 700 to winning by about 4,400.
An apparent miracle, to supporters. To opponents -- sorcery.
Scroll down for links to all of our blog posts on the issue since Election Day, filled with hundreds of great comments from our readers:
November 2, 8:40 p.m.
Night's Still Young, but Proposition 203's Trailing in Early Votes; Potential Landslides Could be Ahead for Republicans Jan Brewer, David Schweikert, and Ben Quayle. John McCain Landslide All but Certain
November 2, 8:49 p.m.
November 2, 9:59 p.m.
November 2, 11:16 p.m.
November 3, 10:24 a.m.
November 3, 5:59 p.m.
November 4, 8:33 a.m.
Joe Arpaio Pissy Over Pro-Pot T-Shirt Bearing His Image (Okay, this only mentions the election indirectly, but we still think it's funny.)
November 4, 6:40 p.m.
November 7, 5:53 p.m.
November 8, 5:10 p.m.
November 9, 5:49 p.m.
November 11, 5:47 p.m.
November 11, 6:28 p.m.
November 12, 5:43 p.m.
November 12, 6:24 p.m.
Bonus material: Our October 21 article on Proposition 203, which explains how the law will work: Prop 203 -- the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act -- Puts the Chronic in Chronic Pain
New Times will continue to cover Proposition 203 and what it means for Arizona in the coming days.
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