County Begins Issuing Medical Marijuana ID Cards

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 12, 2009

The move comes after County Supervisors initially rejected the program for fear of violating federal drug laws…even though state law allows the cards.

But a court ruling against another county led supervisors to approve the program last month. And county officials say there’s already a lot of interest among potential cardholders.  

“People have been calling and requesting the paperwork because there is some paperwork to fill out ahead of time.” 

Doctor Glennah Trochet is the county’s Health Officer. She says the ID cards include information that’s entered into a statewide database.  

“So officers would be able to access that database and verify that the person carrying the card is actually authorized by their physician to have marijuana.” 

Applications for the ID cards will only be accepted by appointment with the county’s Vital Records Department on Wednesdays and Fridays.

A state law passed in 2003 requires each county to offer cards to patients who get a doctor’s prescription.