DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado voters have approved a ballot measure that allows terminally ill patients to take life-ending drugs.

Proposition 106

Proposition 106 has passed, which means Colorado joins Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California as states with medically-assisted-suicide laws.

It passed by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent.

Millions were raised by both supporters and opponents of the ballot initiative.

The law will require that a mentally competent patient have a six-month prognosis and get two doctors to sign off on three requests for life-ending medication. It requires doctors to discuss alternatives with the patient. It calls for safe storage, tracking and disposal of lethal drugs, recognizing that a patient can change his or her mind.

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It also requires the patient to take the drugs himself or herself and have doctors report annually to the state about each case in which life-ending drugs are prescribed.

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