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San Diego County Moves Ahead with Medical Marijuana


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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