Kern Supervisors approve marijuana ID cards

December 21, 2005

Bill Curtis, One Bakersfield

The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a medical marijuana ID card program today, forgoing a legal fight with the state. The vote was unanimous and involved little board discussion. The voluntary ID card program would provide a way for qualified users to show law officers they're allowed to use and transport small amounts of pot. California voters approved a ballot measure in 1996 legalizing medical marijuana use. The ID cards are part of more recent follow-up legislation.

San Diego County supervisors voted in November to sue the state rather than start the ID card program.

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