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Medical marijuana initiative qualifies for ballot

Arizona voters will get another chance to legalize the use of medical marijuana in November.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s office on Tuesday certified that organizers of the initiative campaign had turned in enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

It will be the fourth time since 1996 that state voters have been asked to decriminalize marijuana as a medical treatment. The measure also would allow some patients to grow their own drug supply.

The proposed law is championed by the national Marijuana Policy Project.

If it passes, seriously ill patients with qualifying conditions would be given legal access to medical marijuana if they have a recommendation from their doctor.

The Marijuana Policy Project says 14 states and the District of Columbia have similar laws.

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