Friday, November 11, 2005

Medical marijuana ID cards come with uncertainty

DailyBulletin.com - News: "JOSHUA TREE - One hundred dollars, a chronic medical condition and a note from a doctor can get you free reign to possess and use marijuana.

Just don't get too happy -- Federal law trumps California's.

That's the lesson people learned in Joshua Tree on Thursday as public health officials announced future compliance under Senate Bill 420 and the issuance of a possible 7,000 Medical Marijuana ID cards.

Passed in 2003, the law imposed statewide guidelines outlining how much medical marijuana could be grown and possessed.
It also required the state's Department of Health Services to establish a voluntary medicinal marijuana patient registry and issue identification cards to qualified patients.

Individual public health agencies are responsible for issuance of those cards.

'The card is really going to be a driver's license-type in that it will be valid throughout the state of California,' said Jim Felten, the county's public health director during the special meeting organized by the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project.
The group has chapters in San Bernardino and Riverside counties." (more)



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