SLO approves ID card program

August 10, 2006

, Associated Press

County officials have approved a medical marijuana identification card program.

With a 3-2 vote Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, San Luis Obispo County becomes the 22nd in the state to implement such a program.

The vote follows another two weeks ago that allowed the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries within unincorporated areas of the county.

Those wishing to obtain an ID card will have to show a doctor's letter at the Health Department, where their picture will be taken and sent to state officials.

The state will issue the card and then send it back to the Health Department. Cards must be renewed annually.

The fee for the card will likely be between $75 and $100. Medi-Cal marijuana patients will only have to pay 50 percent of the card's cost. The county estimates it will issue about 600 cards a year.

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