Have a license for medical pot? You can’t have a gun, U.S. says
This is where State’s rights and Federal Law come crashing into each other with average Joe and Jane Citizen feeling left in the twilight zone. I understand the need for Federal Drug Laws to keep violent criminals limited in their options to obtaining firearms. At the same time this is Operation Ink Blot on the parts of prosecutors in states where medical marijuana users, growers, and distribution will find themselves in a legal grey area concerning the law and possible predation by the very criminals the federal laws were originally set up to stop. As this ruling affects lawful citizens who’ve engaged in the lawful use of firearms for hunting, collecting, sports shooting, and defense. If they use, grow, or sell medical pot they can’t own guns ever. I’d like to hear from our resident law experts here on LGF about possible further problems this ruling presents.
Because this comes down to the 1968 Federal Drug Laws and State Laws for medical pot. Think about it this way. People on other prescription drugs don’t fall under the same scrutiny as do medical pot users. And those very same prescription drugs can be just as easily abused just as medical pot; however, there are prosecutors and politicians that make a career for themselves going after medical marijuana.
Ultimately, this will come down to a SCOTUS ruling that may result in an entire shift in US drug policy, medicine, and culture here in the US. Wherever you may stand on medical marijuana this has farther reaching consequences than most realize as it addresses the rights of citizens for their medical care and firearm ownership. It will also show where many politicians loyalties lie concerning this as well. Fun times.