Vote 2010: Arizona to vote on medical marijuana

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Next month, Arizona voters will decide whether to legalize medical marijuana.

Our state is among four that have initiatives on the ballot this Fall, Proposition 203.  

South Dakota and Oregon also will vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana, but California will vote on a proposition that would pretty much legalize retail sales of the drug for recreational use.

Right now 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow medical use.

"It does give an aura of usefulness, which previously in every public presentation by any official agency was always very negative," said Criminologist Peter Reuter.

Proposition 203 is the only Arizona ballot measure backed by a popular movement, the other initiatives got there by the efforts of the legislature.