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San Diego County Moves Ahead with Medical Marijuana


Aired 6/10/09

San Diego county expects to start taking applications for medical marijuana ID Cards on July 6.

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Above: KPBS reporter Sharon Heilbrunn asks local residents if they consider marijuana a valid medical treatment.

— San Diego county expects to start taking applications for medical marijuana ID Cards on July 6.

San Diego and San Bernardino Counties challenged California's medical marijuana law in court. But last month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their case.

Now, both counties are moving forward to implement the law spelled out by prop 215. People who use marijuana as medicine must get an ID card from the county to prove they have a right to possess a certain amount of pot.

San Diego County health officer Wilma Wooten says a medical marijuana card will cost $166 for non-Medi-Cal patients. That's if the county board approves that fee structure.

People who apply for cards need a doctor's recommendation that they use marijuana in for medicinal reasons. San Diego County supervisors had long opposed the use of medical marijuana. Now, following the Supreme Court's decision, Wooten says they're just trying to implement state law.

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ravenheart | June 11, 2009 at 4:41 p.m. ― 7 years, 9 months ago

What is not clear to those of us who have medical office issued Medical Marijuana cards whether or not we must now register with the county (San Diego) and pay (again) for a county issued card.

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OpGreenRx | June 16, 2009 at 2:13 p.m. ― 7 years, 9 months ago

July 13th, 2009 - 8:15 AM - Department 11
San Diego Superior Court - 220 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101

My name is Eugene Davidovich I am a medical cannabis patient and operated a nonprofit collective here in San Diego until last February when my house was raided and I arrested in ‘Operation Green Rx’ later announced by the District Attorney in a press conference as ‘Operation Endless Summer’.
In this operation a local San Diego Police Detective lied to his doctor about his identity and condition, obtained a valid recommendation for medical marijuana and joined the majority of the medical collectives and coops listed on the San Diego section of the CA NORML list.

The detective called me and joined the collective. While pretending to be a sick patient, he requested that I deliver medical cannabis to him. Having seen him once and provided him with a ¼ ounce of medical cannabis, I am now facing 4 felony charges, $65,000 bail, and permanent damage to my professional and personal life.
This was a clear and direct attempt by the San Diego DA’s office to shut down all nonprofit medical marijuana collective cultivation/distribution efforts in San Diego.

Please show your support by coming to court on July 13th.
For more information and to see the video of the actual delivery of medication to the collective member (undercover officer), please visit:

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