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Dec 26 2013

New Bill to Exempt Medical Marijuana From Federal Gun Ban

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In September of 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ruled that medical marijuana recipients cannot legally buy or own firearms. The organization sent out a memo to FFL dealers, condemning medical marijuana users as “addicts” and “unlawful drug users.” The memo told FFL dealers that from that point forward, they could not sell firearms to anyone with a medical marijuana card.

However, Representative Jared Polis (D-Colorado) has introduced HR 3483 – a bill to exempt medical marijuana card holders from the federal law. The bill, or the Protecting Individual Liberties and States’ Rights Act, was introduced in mid November and is meant to “amend title 18, United States Code, to provide exceptions from the firearm prohibitions otherwise applicable in relation to marijuana if its possession is lawful under State law.”

The bill is currently sitting tight with the House Judiciary Committee, and no further action has been taken. The govtrack.us website states that the bill only has a 7% chance of moving on to the House and Senate.

The bill, if passed, would also raise questions about individuals convicted of firearms charges while in the possession of medical marijuana. Once such case was Chris Williams, a medical marijuana distributor, who was convicted of both gun and drug charges after federal agents raided his greenhouse. If not for a plea deal that would bar him from appealing any of his charges and require him to forfeit $1.2 million, he would be facing 90 years in prison. With the deal, he was sentenced to five. Williams is only one of many medical marijuana producers and recipients that have faced firearm charges in recent years.

3 comments

  1. Bob Fairlane

    What a crock. If it’s legal, and it’s medicine, then the users and sellers should be respected and untroubled, and welcome to defend themselves and their industry with their guns. The War, On Drugs is not against drugs but for control of profits.

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