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County of San Diego v. San Diego NORML, D050333

Judgment rejecting plaintiff counties' claims that Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMP)is invalid under preemption principles and that MMP poses an obstacle to the congressional intent embodied in California's Compassionate Use Act (CUA), is affirmed where: 1) the MMP's identification card program has no impact on the protections provided by the CUA; and 2) counties' claim that those provisions are invalidated by Article II, section 10, subdivision (c), of the California Constitution are rejected.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/31/2008
  • Published 07/31/2008


  • McDONALD, Acting P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • John J. Sansone, County Counsel (San Diego), Thomas D. Bunton and C. Ellen Pilsecker, Deputy County Counsel, for Plaintiff and Appellant County of San Diego., Ruth E. Stringer, County Counsel (San Bernardino), Alan L. Green, Charles J. Larkin and Dennis Tilton, Deputy County Counsel, for Plaintiffs and Appellants County of San Bernardino and Gary Penrod.

  • For Appellees:
  • American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Adam B. Wolf, Allen Hopper;  ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties and David Blair-Loy for Defendants and Respondents San Diego NORML, Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana and Dr. Stephen O'Brien., Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Christopher E. Krueger, Assistant Attorney General, Jonathan K. Renner and Peter A. Krause, Deputy Attorneys General, for Defendants and Respondents State of California and Sandra Shewry., Americans for Safe Access and Joseph D. Elford for Interveners and Respondents Wendy Christakes, Norbert Litzinger, William Britt, Yvonne Westbrook and Americans for Safe Access.
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