mi-chan17 wrote:I don't imagine that it should make any difference at all, unless for some reason you disclose that you have this card on your application (and I'm not sure why you would). And, even if you did, just having the card isn't illegal anywhere - it's just the pot that's the problem.
If you do disclose, and are banking on the fact that the state of CA recognizes medicinal use of marijuana: It is my duty, as a CA state employee (who deals frequently with citations involving people in possession of club cards) to let you know that the state of CA has, since it legalized marijuana, only issued 5 medicinal marijuana cards. CA police generally won't touch a situation if the person has a non-state issued club card (unless it's on government property), but I'm not sure how law schools outside the state will see it.
On the whole though, I highly doubt you having a club card is going to matter at all unless you try and drag weed across state lines and end up in trouble that way. It's not as though you're likely to get in much trouble here in CA.
Thanks a lot. Could you do me a favor though and clarify your middle paragraph? you lost me there for a minute.
For sure. That paragraph was hazy. My bad.
If you get cited for illegal possession, and you argue in a C&F addendum that you had the medicinal marijuana card and you're hoping that'll keep you in the clear? Any law school that does its research probably won't take it as a valid excuse. 1) Pot is still illegal at the federal level. 2) The state of CA has only ever issued five medicinal marijuana cards. So even if an out-of-state school were to accept CA's medicinal marijuana, the likelihood of you being one of these five state-approved people is slim. (If you DO have one of these five magic cards, more power to you.)
The club card is pretty much only a valid excuse in CA. And even then, only because our cops don't pick a fight about it. Technically the only "real" cards are those five that were issued by the state. Or so my state employee training tells me.
So (bottom line), if you get busted somehow (though I don't think you would here in CA), I'm not sure that an out-of-state law school will take a club card as an excuse.