Marijuana legalization supporters concede Arizona election

Marijuana legalization supporters concede Arizona election

J.P. Holyoak, chair of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, speaks at a news conference as he is joined by a host of doctors and nurses gather at the Arizona capitol to endorse Prop 205, the legalization of recreational marijuana, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Phoenix

Backers of recreational use of marijuana finally conceded Tuesday what has been generally known for a week: Arizona voters didn’t like their proposal.

While some ballots are still being tabulated, the most recent figures from the secretary of state show Proposition 205 trailing by more than 85,000 votes out of about 2.4 million ballots cast on the matter. That is pretty much the same margin of difference since the first returns came in the night of Nov. 8.

But it took until Tuesday for J.P. Holyoak to acknowledge that, at least for the time being, the only Arizoanans who are going to be able to use the drug legally under state law are those who have a medical need for it.

The only thing left to be decided is when to try again — and what changes to make to assure a different outcome.

“It is too soon to provide any specific details,” Holyoak said in a prepared statement. “But we intend to continue fighting in support of sensible marijuana policy reform.”

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