Santa Barbara County Supervisors Vote To Establish Identification Card for Medical Marijuana Users
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to order the county Public Health Department to begin work on a program to provide identification cards to residents who use marijuana for medical purposes, the Los Angeles Times reports. "This system works elsewhere," Supervisor Susan Rose said, adding, "We're not the first people to do this." About 200 Santa Barbara County residents use marijuana for medical purposes (Los Angeles Times, 4/15). Under Proposition 215, a ballot measure approved by California voters in 1996, patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer and AIDS can use medical marijuana to treat pain with a recommendation from a physician (California Healthline, 2/24).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.