Lawmaker Introduces Bill That Would Allow Users of Medical Marijuana to Legally Purchase Firearms

December 26 2013
by GSL Staff
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Medical-marijuana-signIt’s currently the stance of the ATF that users of medical marijuana are “unlawful drug users” even if the use of medical marijuana is legal in their home state.

Due to this, dealers are instructed not to sell firearms to anyone they believe is a user of medical marijuana.

At least on congressman has a problem with that policy. Colorado representative Jared Polis (D-CO) has introduced a bill that would make it legal for users of medical marijuana to purchase firearms.

The summary of the bill reads as follows,

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.

Many states have laws legalizing marijuana for medical use. Some states have also decriminalized or somewhat legalized marijuana for personal use.

The national trend seems to be moving to marijuana eventually being legalized in some form in most of the country in the coming years. Many have wondered how that would affect the ATF’s current stance.

The bill currently has one co-sponsor Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

The bill was first introduced in November and is currently assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

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