Medical Marijuana? Say Goodbye to Your Gun Rights
USA -(Ammoland.com)- House Bill 523, passed on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio.
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow residents of the state with certain qualifying conditions, and a recommendation from a physician, to register with the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for a patient ID card.
State agencies are still working on how to administer the program, but medical marijuana patient ID cards will be available no later than September 2018.
The question is, how does this affect gun rights in Ohio? The answer seems to be, if you use marijuana, you lose your gun rights regardless of state law.
Here’s the problem: while the state has made medical marijuana legal in Ohio, federal law continues to list marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. That means marijuana users can’t have guns legally.
In 2011, BATFE sent a letter to U.S. gun dealers that took a firm stance on the issue:
U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives
Washington DC 20226
September 21, 2011
Open Letter To All Federal Firearms Licensees
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received a number of inquiries regarding the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes1 and …Read the Rest