Counties File Briefs Against Medical Marijuana Laws


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Lawyers for San Diego and San Bernardino counties have filed new briefs in their case against state medical marijuana laws.

The documents urge the Fourth District Court of Appeal to throw out a San Diego Superior Court ruling upholding the state law that requires counties to issue identification cards to qualified medical marijuana patients.

"The county will suffer harm if it is required to comply with the pre-empted medical marijuana laws," states the San Diego County brief, filed Friday.

State and federal officials conflict over the medical value of marijuana.

California law allows sick and dying patients to grow and smoke the drug to relieve chronic symptoms. Federal rules state that using marijuana is a crime under any circumstance.

Oral arguments in the landmark case are expected this year.

Source:, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Copyright: 2008 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
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