Medi-pot support in San Diego?

September 07, 2006

Kelly Davis, San Diego City Beat

In a medical-marijuana averse county, San Diego has been a trailblazer, convening a medical-marijuana task force in 2001 and establishing citywide medical-marijuana guidelines in 2003—and now a member of the City Council wants the city to formally oppose the county Board of Supervisors’ refusal to implement a state law that says counties must provide identification cards for anyone with a valid doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana.

In an Aug. 18 memo, City Councilmember Toni Atkins asked City Attorney Mike Aguirre for his opinion on whether the city can submit a brief asking Superior Court Judge William Nevitt to force the county to comply with state law.

“[T]he county’s failure to implement state law is causing fear and suffering for people who are already dealing with pain and illness,” Atkins wrote.

Aguirre told CityBeat that a vote of the City Council will determine whether he submits the brief.

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