SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The California Supreme Court declined to overturn the state's medical marijuana laws, rejecting a challenge brought by county officials who claimed the laws forced them to condone federal drug violations.
San Diego and San Bernadino county officials contested Propisition 215, the 1996 initiative legalizing medical marijuana, and a more recent law requiring counties to issue identification cards to medical marijuana users.
The justices unanimously declined to review a July appellate decision allowing the state to establish its own system of enforcing drug laws, despite the federal ban on marijuana.
A deputy attorney for San Diego County said the county would seek review in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Read the Top 8
Sign up for the Top 8, a roundup of the day's top stories delivered directly to your inbox Monday through Friday.