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Government Says Medical Marijuana Patients Cannot Own Firearms


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has told all federally licensed firearms dealers that anyone who uses marijuana, including medical marijuana, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

The letter was written by ATF Assistant Director Arthur Herbert, to give federal firearms licensees guidance on what to do if a customer said they were a medical marijuana user.

Advocates of medical marijuana and of guns rights were angered by the letter, according to USA Today. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws. The federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance, which is illegal for any use.

10 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Nikolas
    Nikolas / December 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I am a california medical cannabis patient, and I also happen to enjoy shooting as a hobby. I’ve been a medical cannabis patient since before the Obama administration promised to take care of us, and I must say, hes f***ed things up for patients in california. Our four district attorneys are doing everything they can to snuff out the medical cannabis industry. Banks in my area have recieved federal letters stating that they will be “holding money from illegal entities(ie, dispensaries) at their own assumed risk”. The IRS is coming down on dispensaries with extremely high tax rates in order to force bankrupcy and therefore eliminate the pharmecutical company’s only threat for replacing harmful synthetic NSAIDs with healthy natural compounds(CBD). Now, in an effort to stifle security of dispensaries, medical cannabis patients are not permitted to own firearms and ammunition. This law is a travesty, and if our first president and expert hemp farmer George Washington were here to see this, heads would roll. Cannabis use, both medically and recreationally, is engraved in human culture and is considerably the most beneficial plant on our planet. The ATF putting their foot in the door and saying “no, no, no” is just another way of the Obama administration to slowly pull the medical cannabis program right from under our noses. Shame on the president for not keeping his promises.

  2. Avatar of Jordan
    Jordan / October 21, 2011 at 5:55 am

    SO glad I live in Canada, amerikkka is getting more and more crazy by the day.. get your priorities in order please, weed is harmless. worry about the financial crisis instead.

  3. Dwayne / October 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Can anyone answer my last question?? Or is this just the stupidest law you ever heard of.

  4. Dwayne / October 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

    OK so if Marijuana users cannot own weapons then I guess the rule goes for alcohol and prescription drug users to???

  5. john / October 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

    If a so called Medical Weed users has a suggestion to smoke at least one joint a day their Drivers License should be taken away because they will never be sober enough. A person can have two drinks and in two hours it is pretty much out of their system. Smoke a joint at least 8 hours.

  6. Avatar of jim gregory
    jim gregory / October 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I agree with JC all the way. I’m a recovering alcoholic and done my share of drugs and the worse thing a Pot smoker might do is eat too many snacks and laugh too much. But if you ask any cop, they will tell you 9 out of 10 Domestic Violence calls are most always fueled by Alcohol, not POT. Alcohol kills more people that all illicit drugs combined per year. It is a joke! The Alcohol Companys pay Lobbyists in Washington to make big Political contributions to keep Pot from ever being legal. It makes me sick! Crooked S.O.B.S.

  7. Avatar of jc
    jc / September 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    But those who drink alcohol can have guns – Because alcohol makes everyone mellow, right?

  8. Avatar of Paul Moberg
    Paul Moberg / September 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    This is absurd. It would make more sense to ban firearm ownership for alcohol users, who are much more likely to loose control and engage in violent behavior.

  9. lemont gore / October 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    That isn’t relevant to the topic which is gun ownership.

  10. Dwayne / October 6, 2011 at 7:41 am

    And why don’t you show me the statistics on deaths by Marijuana and alcohol separately. that will tell you what is safer and what is not

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