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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects San Diego County’s Challenge to California’s Medical Marijuana Law

— 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.

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msc008 | May 20, 2009 at 3:16 p.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

I totally agree that the County Supervisors should be held accountable for the way they spent money. We payed to defend and prosecute ourselves! To see more from an inside San Diego point of view check out the 'Hope Report' on YouTube:

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MattthewCScallon | May 21, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, since the Supreme Court doesn't want to weigh into the debate --not that I blame them-- let's discuss candidly and honestly the problem of, for all intents and purposes-- the legalization of marijuana. Dress up this pig however you want, it boils down to legalizing pot smoking.

First off, I'm amazed that many of the same people who support legalizing pot also try to limit --if not outright ban-- cigarettes. While I don't dispute their rationale for the latter, that same rationale doesn't jive with the former. After all, isn't there a risk of cancer and emphesyma from smoking pot? Don't we have second-hand smoke issues from pot just as well do from tobacco? As a musician who's played in many musical venues, including open-air stadiums, it's called a "contact high."

As well, isn't marijuana, or at least its most active compound, TCH, already proscribed with the FDA's approval? This leads one to wonder what the real motivation for legalizing "medical" marijuana is when its active ingredient is already legal.

Any thoughts on this, or is everyone with an opinion too busy breaking open their 10th Costco-sized bag of Doritos?

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