Medical Marijuana ID Cards Don’t Come Without A Cost

July 18, 2005

, NBC-11 TV

California health officials report they are resuming a program to issue medical marijuana identification cards, but will caution patients that the information could be used for federal prosecution.

State Health Director Sandra Shewry said the decision to resume the program, suspended on July 8, comes after California Attorney General Bill Lockyer advised that state employees operating the program are not liable for federal prosecution for aiding marijuana users in committing a U.S. crime.

Because of the caution, the application form will now be modified to inform applicants that possession of marijuana remains a federal crime and that information they provide could be used for federal prosecution.

The 123 people in Amador, Del Norte and Mendocino counties who have already received cards will also be warned, Shewry said.

Shewry said the pilot testing in the three counties resumed Monday and the program will be expanded statewide beginning Aug. 1

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