By Joe Nelson, Inland Staff Writer
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will meet in closed session June 2 to discuss its next plan of action following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear its joint lawsuit challenging California's medical marijuana law.
"I assume the board, in its judicious manner, will issue a decision forthwith," said Burt Southard, spokesman for Board Chairman Gary Ovitt, on Thursday.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a joint lawsuit filed in 2006 by San Bernardino and San Diego counties, that argued they didn't have to comply with the state law, passed in 2004, because the federal ban on marijuana pre-empted the state law.
With all legal avenues exhausted, the county is now in a position to open the door to medical marijuana dispensaries and issue identification cards to legitimate medical marijuana patients.
"You can't hide behind the skirts of the federal government and say, `We don't have to do this anymore,"' said Palm Springs resident Lanny Swerdlow, addressing the Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday meeting.
Swerdlow is the director of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, an Inland Empire-based medical marijuana patient support group and law reform organization.
"You all along said you were filing this lawsuit not because you were so opposed to medical marijuana, but because you wanted guidance. Well, you've now got the guidance," Swerdlow told the board Tuesday.