High Court Rejects Bid to Ban Medical Marijuana

     (CN) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by two California counties seeking to overturn a state law allowing medical marijuana. San Diego and San Bernardino county officials claimed the law forced them to condone federal drug violations.

     The counties contested Proposition 215, the 1996 initiative legalizing medical marijuana, and a more recent law requiring counties to issue identification cards to medical marijuana users.
     In July 2008, a state appeals court allowed the state to establish its own system of enforcing drug laws, despite the federal ban on marijuana.
     Without comment, the justices declined to take up the case.
     Last fall, the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected an appeal, meaning the case is now closed.

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