If you are a medical marijuana user and have been approved by your state’s Board of Health, then you CAN’T own a gun. At least not legally.
But… if you smoke weed in a recreational state, walk into a firearms dealer, you can pick up a gun in less than 5 minutes, and in most cases, nothing will happen.
There is no tracking or system that registers recreational marijuana users, so unless you stroll into a gun shop holding a spliff, no gun dealer is going to give you any major hassle.
Now that is F##CKING crazy.
Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states, eight states are currently recreational, and 20 states still have no board laws legalizing marijuana. In those particular states, medical marijuana approvals are given only under certain circumstances. States like Alabama and Mississippi, for instance, maintain laws permitting medical marijuana for severe epileptic conditions.
The major problem is the discrepancy between what a state may permit and what the federal government has outlawed. This is causing serious problems for gun dealers, and those that suffer from medical conditions and smoke cannabis. It is literally taking away their right to bear arms and is causing a lot of confusion.
Who Claims What?
The Federal Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has long had an existing ban on gun sales to anyone who uses marijuana. Not only that, they are constantly reminding business owners and buyers that marijuana is still considered federally illegal despite state laws allowing medical marijuana or recreational use.
Medical marijuana has been legalized by eight of the nine states covered by the 9th Circuit ruling — with recreational marijuana also being legal in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. But the federal government still outlaws pot as a Schedule I controlled substance.
To cut a long story short, the ATF simply doesn’t want gun sellers selling fire arms to marijuana smokers and they call the shots. Local laws are forced to comply according to these laws.
Back in 2015, several patients received letters in Illinois from the state police telling them their firearms cards were being revoked. In 2011 a Nevada medical marijuana patient named S.Rowan Wilson, was declined the right to purchase a gun as the seller was aware of customer’s medical status.
Final Thoughts About Marijuana and Guns
The difference between State and Federal laws are constantly causing confusion. Furthermore, politicians and local lawmakers that are pro-marijuana are often forced to comply with laws that do not necessarily match their beliefs. This is happening on numerous occasions when cannabis is involved.
Federal laws may prohibit medical marijuana card holders from obtaining a gun, but if recreational users can easily bear arms, why restrict those with medical conditions.
Where is the logic in that?