Congressmen Hope to Restore Gun Rights to Medical Cannabis Patients
Last month Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia filed a bill in Congress which, if passed, would allow medical cannabis patients to own firearms legally. It would be a big step forward for patients in the medical cannabis community, as current federal law disqualifies patients if they’re “an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.”
In other words, since cannabis is still considered to be illegal at the federal level, the government bans medical cannabis users from owning guns, even though the state of Florida has legalized the drug.
According to a recent report in Marijuana Moment, Mooney’s new bill would carve out exceptions for medical marijuana patients, in essence giving them back the full and lawful rights that they deserve. The bill’s language states that illegal drug users cannot purchase firearms, “except that an individual shall not be treated as an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance based on the individual using marihuana for a medical purpose in accordance with state law.”
It’s another step forward in the acceptance of medical cannabis across the country for millions of patients, one that guarantees them the treatment they need without taking away the rights they deserve.
Discriminating Against Medical Cannabis Users
As Marijuana Moment noted in their article, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or the ATF as it is more commonly known, tries to weed people out with the following question on firearms applications:
“Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? Warning: the use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medical or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
It forces medical cannabis patients to have to choose between their rights as Americans, and their rights as human beings to gain access to what can potentially be life-saving medication.
“No patient should have to choose between their Second Amendment rights and following doctor’s orders,” Don Murphy, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, said according to Marijuana Moment.
Keeping the Fight Going for Patients Rights
Rep. Thomas Massie has tried to pass similar legislation in the past and has told Marijuana Moment he believes such a law should include both medical and recreational users. According to him, in fact, the law is forcing millions of Americans to lie.
“I think we’ve created millions of felons with this question,” Massie told Marijuana Moment. “You can’t imagine that everybody in Colorado, who under Colorado state law is legally using marijuana, has never purchased a firearm. That would be completely illogical.”
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