By Imran Ghori, The Press-Enterprise
A day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state's medical marijuana law, a San Bernardino County supervisor indicated Tuesday that she is ready to support the policy.
The Board of Supervisors is not scheduled to discuss its next step until June 2, but Supervisor Josie Gonzales told about 40 medical marijuana advocates it would be a top priority.
"I have long been a supporter of medical marijuana," she said.
Gonzales said she had committed to "step forward" after the legal debate was resolved and that she hopes the county has reached that point now.
Three years ago, San Bernardino and San Diego counties sued the state over a program approved by the Legislature in 2003 to regulate the medical marijuana law approved by state voters in 1996.
The counties contended that the state law, which sets standards for counties to review applications and issue medical marijuana user cards, conflicts with federal law that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical purpose.
By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court upheld lower-court rulings rejecting those arguments.
Most other counties, including Riverside, already issue cards.
Advocates of medicinal use of marijuana, including several patients, told the San Bernardino County supervisors that it's time for the county to start issuing identification cards to patients who have letters from their doctors confirming their medical need.