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The San Diego City Council will huddle today to determine whether it will ask an appeals court to uphold the state of California’s law permitting the distribution of marijuana for registered medical patients.

Councilwoman Toni Atkins has asked that the council consider joining the state’s fight against the county of San Diego. The county Board of Supervisors voted in 2005 to sue the state over Proposition 215, which permits the issuance of I.D. cards for medical marijuana users. The county of San Diego and several others in the state argue the 1996 California law violates a federal ban on marijuana.

A trial court ruled in favor of the state, and the county has appealed the case.

The council is scheduled to meet with City Attorney Mike Aguirre in closed session today to decide whether to file with the Court of Appeal a letter on the state’s behalf.

Check back later to see the outcome of the meeting.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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