San Diego Still a ‘Bad Trip’ for Medicinal Marijuana Users

by on July 9, 2009 · 5 comments

in Civil Rights, Health, San Diego

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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Wireless Mike July 9, 2009 at 10:13 am

Remember this what the County Board of Supervisors and DA Bonnie Dumanis come up for reelection.


Wireless Mike July 9, 2009 at 10:14 am

should have said “when”, not “what”


Ryan July 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

Why not use the old Rock paper Scissors/Bank faciliy as a clinic? Run the dispensary out of the vault. Love to see the cops try and raid that!


mr fresh July 9, 2009 at 2:11 pm

$200 for a permit in san diego? i’d ask what the supervisors are smoking, but it’s more obvious that they’re drinking bad shit.


Shawn Conrad July 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Marijuana is illegal? Who knew?


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