Proposed Ill. Regulation: Patients Prescribed Medical Marijuana Would Have to Forfeit Gun Rights
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Imagine you’re a cancer patient undergoing aggressive chemotherapy. You know that prescription marijuana could help you with pain, nausea and bring your appetite back to normal. Your doctor strongly recommends you consider.
However, you live in Illinois. You have a decision to make. Do you give up your right to own a firearm in order to receive the treatment your doctor is recommending? You know that you’re physically weak and a firearm might be the only equalizer between you and a thug who means you harm. Of course, you could always go with the normal cocktail of high level narcotics instead. You’d get to keep your firearm rights going that route.
If a proposed regulation gets passed in Illinois, some people will find themselves making the exact decision above.
According to the Chicago Tribune,
Patients who want to qualify for medical marijuana in Illinois would have to be fingerprinted for a background check and pay $150 a year — and give up their right to own a gun, state officials proposed Tuesday…
…One new proposal states that a qualifying patient or caregiver may not possess a firearm, even if they have a state firearm owner’s identification card or concealed carry permit, and violators may be subject to sanctions by state police.
Todd Vandermyde, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said the NRA takes no position on the issue but that the rule seems to be an attempt to interpret federal law. A U.S. Department of Justice firearm application form asks if the buyer is “an unlawful user” of marijuana or other controlled substances.
Illinois is currently only talking about medical marijuana here, and the list of cases in which it could be prescribed are limited. Keeping in mind we are talking medical treatments here, would you trade your gun rights to be able to use a drug that could increase your quality of life? Do you think people should have to make that decision?