U.S. Supreme Court Rejects San Diego County’s Challenge to California’s Medical Marijuana Law
Monday, May 18, 2009
SAN DIEGO San Diego County's legal challenge to California's medical marijuana law is over. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case. That means next month, county supervisors will consider a plan to issue I.D. cards to medical marijuana patients.
San Diego County first tried to get the courts to overturn California's medical marijuana law three years ago. The County claimed federal law that makes marijuana illegal should trump state law.
Three separate courts rejected that challenge, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case.
Bruce Mirken is with Marijuana Policy Project.
"This was an entirely frivolous lawsuit, frankly, and the County supervisors should be ashamed that they even wasted taxpayer money on it," says Mirken.
Most counties in California have issued I.D. cards to medical marijuana patients.