Supreme Court rejects attempt to invalidate California’s medical marijuana law

Maybe now the San Diego county officials will stop throwing their ridiculous (and costly) temper tantrum against medical marijuana and follow the state law.

The justices, without comment, denied a hearing to officials from San Diego and San Bernardino counties who challenged Proposition 215, an initiative approved by state voters in 1996 that became a model for laws in 12 other states. It allows patients to use marijuana for medical conditions with their doctor’s recommendation.

I really did not expect the Supreme Court to take this one, so it’s not that much of a surprise. It was a supremely stupid appeal and every court along the way had already rejected the counties’ case.

“The purpose of the (federal law) is to combat recreational drug use, not to regulate a state’s medical practices,” the Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego said in the July 31 decision. […]
“No longer will local officials be able to hide behind federal law and resist upholding California’s medical marijuana law,” said Joe Elford, lawyer for Americans for Safe Access, which also took part in the case. He said the decision would strengthen his organization’s case against the two counties and eight others that have refused to issue the identification cards.

[Thanks, Tom]
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