Federal Preemption

County of San Diego v. San Diego NORML

Review briefs by ASA, Drug Policy Alliance and the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, successfully defending the state's medical marijuana law. San Diego Superior Court ruled that federal law does not preempt state law.

Solano County

For years, local officials have tried to use federal law as a reason to deny patients their legal rights, but the July 2008 landmark decision in the San Diego case made clear that federal law does not preempt the state's medical marijuana law. ASA filed a lawsuit against Solano county for failing to implement the ID card program, and, in June 2009, the Board of Supervisors voted to begin implementation of the state-mandated program.