Medical pot law may be upheld soon

November 16, 2006

a Times Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

A San Diego County Superior Court judge appears poised to uphold the state's medical marijuana law, issuing a preliminary ruling Thursday that rejects a bid by three counties attempting to skirt the decade-old act. San Diego, San Bernardino and Merced counties sued to avoid having to issue identification cards to patients using medical marijuana, arguing that the state law conflicts with federal prohibitions against cannabis use.

Judge William R. Nevitt heard oral arguments Thursday by lawyers for the counties as well as medical marijuana advocates and the state attorney general's office, which is defending the landmark law.

Nevitt gave no indication when a final ruling would be issued.

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