As many marijuana advocates and chronically ill Arizona residents are acutely aware, Proposition 203 will be voted on during the November 2, 2010 election. Arizona’s Prop 203 is an initiated state statute that would remove state-level penalties for the use of medical cannabis by qualified patients.

If the initiative passes, Arizona would join 14 other states that have legalized medical marijuana for qualified chronically ill patients and protected these patients from prosecution for using the plant. In order to get medical marijuana in Arizona, patients would have to be diagnosed with a qualifying condition and register with a state-run medical marijuana card program. Prop 203 would also set up nonprofit dispensaries from which patients and their caregivers could purchase cannabis.

Qualified medical conditions included in Proposition 203 are cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, epilepsy, persistent muscles spasms and multiple sclerosis.

We urge Arizona residents to vote yes on medical marijuana and help patients in need get safe access to their much-needed medicine. For those interested in helping with the campaign or learning more should contact the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project (AMMPP).