California Appeals Court Backs Medical Marijuana.


California’s medical marijuana law got an endorsement yesterday from a state appeals court: A three-judge panel ruled that San Diego and San Bernardino counties, which have been fighting the state law, must issue government-sponsored ID cards to patients whose doctors say they can benefit from marijuana.

The counties had argued that there is no federally approved medical use of marijuana, and the cards condone behavior that violates federal law, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

But in a sign of just how ambiguous the medical marijuana situation is in California, on the same day the court issued its opinion, federal DEA agents were busy raiding a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City, in the Los Angeles area. Here’s the Los Angeles Times story on the raid.

For a broader take on Cali’s medical marijuana scene, check out this article from last week’s New Yorker. The reporter rides along with a former classmate, an Ivy League grad who has become a marijuana dealer in the vast gray market that’s sprung up since the state’s medical marijuana bill was signed into law in 2003.

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