It's been a long legal fight, but medical marijuana patients in the county can now apply for ID cards. Patients insist they don't take it to get high, but to relieve chronic pain.
As a sufferer of chronic back pain, Jordan Jarvis turns to medical marijuana.
"This kind of medicine has given me the ability to get up and do things and be part of a society again," he said.
Seeing its effects, it inspired him to help others by opening his own marijuana dispensary in town.
"Very legit business, just like any other business," he said.
You just have to show medical documentation, or starting today, an official San Diego County medical marijuana ID card.
All along, the county has been challenging the law, but suffered a huge blow last May when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal.
"We can now get ID cards that are and should be respected among law enforcement without harassment," Jarvis said.
For Jarvis and his staff at Top Quality Collective in Kearny Mesa, it's a step forward in the fight.
"It's groundbreaking," Jarvis said.
And for their customers who rely on marijuana to ease the pain, it's been a long time coming.