County Sues to Overturn Medical Marijuana Law

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The county Board of Supervisors filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday to overturn Proposition 215, the voter-approved measure that allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes in California.

The supervisors, noting that federal law outlaws marijuana, have refused to issue medical marijuana identification cards as required by Proposition 215.

For the record:

12:00 AM, Feb. 11, 2006 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday February 11, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 1 inches; 50 words Type of Material: Correction
Medical marijuana -- A brief in the Jan. 21 California section reported that Proposition 215, which decriminalized medical marijuana, required California counties to issue identification cards for patients using the drug. In fact, the ID cards are allowed by SB420, a law passed in 2003 to help implement the proposition.

The American Civil Liberties Union said it would oppose the suit, which it called an “unwarranted, unreasonable and unfounded attack” on patients who need marijuana for pain relief.