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    U.S. Supreme Court Affirms California's Medical Marijuana Law

    Medical marijuana advocates celebrated today as the U. S. Supreme Court refused to hear a landmark case brought by San Diego County. Advocates assert that the High Court's decision removes one of the final obstacles to full implementation of California's medical marijuana laws.

    The lawsuit filed by San Diego in 2006 challenged the state-mandate to implement an identification card program for patients based on the argument that state law is preempted by federal law. However, both the San Diego Superior Court and the Fourth District Court of Appeals rejected that argument, which was followed by the California Supreme Court's refusal to review the case in 2008.

    Despite this failure in the state courts, the San Diego Board of Supervisors voted to appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court.

    "No longer will local officials be able to hide behind federal law and resist upholding California's medical marijuana law," said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a national medical marijuana advocacy group, which represented patients in the county's lawsuit against the state.

    "The courts have made clear that federal law does not preempt California's medical marijuana law and that local officials must comply with that law."

    After the California Supreme Court denied review of County of San Diego v. State of California in October of 2008, ASA filed a lawsuit in January against Solano County for its refusal to implement the state ID card program.

    "This decision and our lawsuit against Solano will undoubtedly have an impact on the other counties that have failed to implement the ID card program," continued Elford. ASA has given notice to all 10 counties (Colusa, Madera, Mariposa, Modoc, Mono, San Bernardino, San Diego, Solano, Stanislaus, and Sutter) of their obligation to implement the ID card program.

    The San Diego case was preceded by another landmark medical marijuana case, City of Garden Grove v. Superior Court
    (Kha), which also involved preemption.

    In the Garden Grove or Kha case, both lower courts similarly found that state law was not preempted by federal law and that "it is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws." The defendant in that case, medical marijuana patient Felix Kha, was also represented by ASA and involved the California Attorney General's office.

    Advocates argue that it was the Kha case that, at least in part, compelled Attorney General Jerry Brown to issue enforcement guidelines in August 2008. ASA is currently seeking attorneys fees in the Kha case.

    ASA worked with the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project to litigate the San Diego case, with both organizations on the side of the California Attorney General defending the state's medical marijuana law.

    The County of San Bernardino joined San Diego County in its original lawsuit and the subsequent appeals. The ID card program was adopted in 2004, resulting from the legislature's passage of SB 420, the Medical Marijuana Program Act. The ID cards, when properly implemented, assist law enforcement and affords greater protection to patients.


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    re: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms California's Medical Marijuana Law

    Eventually the issue is going to have to go to the federal supreme court. But it needs to go on the basis of a 10th amendment right. The feds have no legal authority to tell the states how to run there states.

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    Re: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms California's Medical Marijuana Law

    This is the day we've been waiting for!

    ^^ This was the Federal Supreme Court. In refusing to hear the case, there are no more legal moves left for San Diego, et al to use to try to weasle their way out of following the law.

    Give it up San Diego Supervisors, you lost

    Implement the card program

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    Re: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms California's Medical Marijuana Law

    There were about 50 of us yesterday at the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor's meeting. We protested then went in and spoke to the Board. We have been to the meeting and spoke many, many times in the past. This is the first time that one of the Supervisors broke down and spoke to all of us at the end of the meeting. Josie Gonzales says she is for Medical Marijuana. She told us about her grandmother growing marijuana and making into a tenture and rubbing it on her knees because they hurt so bad from picking cotton and that she knows it works. The room was so quit while listening to her. So, this will be real interesting for the next meeting and we will all be there on June 2nd 2009 to see what happens. This is a great time to be alive. The times they are changing.

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    Re: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms California's Medical Marijuana Law

    Board of Supervisors Meeting

    Here is a link to the San Bernardino County Supervisor Meeting 05/19/2009

    so you can see and hear what went on....