Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has come out to support the campaign against medical marijuana, saying that passing Proposition 203 would create new public-safety risks. Governor Brewer announced her opposition to the initiative on Wednesday at a news conference on the Salt River Reservation in Maricopa county.Brewer has not campaigned for or against any of the other nine propositions on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The reasons that Governor Brewer stated she was against medical marijuana in her state is that she feels the campaign amounted to a backdoor legalization of marijuana, and warned that dispensaries would overwhelm communities and become magnets for crime. At the conference she said, “I am fearful of the additional societal costs we will incur if voters were to pass this proposition, “ and, ”I ask my fellow Arizonans not to be bullied into believing this is about compassion for sick people.”
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The language within the initiative prevents more than one dispensary opening for every 10 licensed pharmacies in the state, therefore limiting the number of dispensaries within Arizona to 124. Terry Goddard, the Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes Prop. 203.