by Will Carless / Voice of San Diego / July 8, 2009
In theory, life should be getting easier for San Diegans who want to buy, grow, sell, transport or smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Last year, California Attorney General Jerry Brown issued long-awaited guidelines aimed at clarifying the state’s laws on medicinal marijuana. In February, the Obama Administration made it clear that medicinal marijuana users are not a priority for federal law enforcement agencies when Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department would no longer prosecute medicinal marijuana cases in federal court.
And, last month, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors lost its long-running legal battle with the state over the issuance of marijuana patient ID cards. Grudgingly, the supervisors gave the order to begin issuing the cards, which are required by a state law passed in 2003. The first cards were handed out last week.
But despite all of this, local attorneys and medicinal marijuana advocates say the county’s enforcement of the state’s medicinal marijuana laws remains as confusing as ever. And, compared to most other California cities, San Diego is still a perilous place for those who grow and distribute pot for medical purposes.
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