Changing Course, County Approves Medical Marijuana ID Cards

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

One of the county residents who spoke at the meeting was a woman named Andrea, who would only give her first name.  She said she’s been arrested since the board’s vote in March – even though she had her doctor’s recommendation and an amount of medical marijuana within the state law’s limits.
Andrea: “They booked me for a felony because I had the three jars and refused my request to see a supervisor.  I asked them to call you guys.  I said, I was at a board of supervisors meeting where they promised me this would not happen to me.  They laughed in my face.” 
Last time around, the Sacramento County sheriff and district attorney both told the board they opposed the program.  But neither attended Tuesday's meeting, and no one spoke in opposition to the ID card program.  Supervisor Don Nottoli is one of the board members who switched his vote.  He says the court ruling helped change his mind.
Nottoli: “For today’s purposes, I’m prepared to support the staff recommendation, again, with recognition that it goes to the identification card and nothing more than that.”
The federal government bans the use of medical marijuana, but it’s legal in California.  The vote was 4 to 1, with Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan the lone opponent.