Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said some things that may have clarified her position on the now-passed Proposition 203. Speaking on a few weeks ago at a conference of the Arizona Chiefs of Police, Brewer scolded the chiefs for what she says was their silence on Prop. 203 when it was being debated. Proposition 203 narrowly passed by only 4,340 votes out of 1.7 million cast. Governor Brewer said that she believes that they have a duty to speak with a unified voice on “irresponsible ballot measures that jeopardizes public safety” giving the passage of proposition 203 as “a good example where a unified voice might have prevented passage of this dreadful situation”
She went on to tell them that no one really explained to the public what the ramification were when looking at the legislation. When asked by a member of the audience whether she should have gone on the road to speak out against the measure before the election, she answered “probably so” and then went on that “Unfortunately, things were busy, I was busy,” she said about the time when she was campaigning to keep her job. But then added, “The bottom line is that once we realized that it was gaining such momentum, I stepped right up.’ She reminded them that since the measure passed she has directed the State Health Department to not accept applications for dispensary licenses.