Medical Marijuana

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ramage created the topic: Medical Marijuana 29 Nov 2017 11:07 #1

Do you think this would fly in Colorado? From Hotair.com 11/29/17

Hawaiian authorities have asked medical marijuana users to “voluntarily surrender” firearms due to their medicinal status. This may mark the first time a law enforcement entity has moved to confiscate guns from cannabis patients.

Marijuana users in Honolulu are expected to turn over all firearms and ammunition to the state within 30 days of receiving the notice, according to a letter signed by police chief Susan Ballard, reported the website Leafly.

The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in August, but federal law prevents patients who ingest cannabis from owning a firearm. Marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule I drug by the government and is considered in the same league as ecstasy and heroin.

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ScienceChic replied the topic: Medical Marijuana 29 Nov 2017 14:26 #2

There's a picture of one of the actual letters posted at this link.

This letter is confusing. It's says to the recipient that they are "required" to "voluntarily surrender" their firearms, permit, and ammunition. Those two terms are contradictory so it seems as if there's questionable legal standing.


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ramage replied the topic: Medical Marijuana 29 Nov 2017 16:03 #3

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Thanks for the link. What I find telling is the following from your link: "Hawaii, though, maintains an electronic database of both firearm purchasers, who must complete both the federal ATF and a state permit application, and medical marijuana patients. That allowed the Honolulu police to cross-check and compile a list of MMJ patients in the state’s firearm."
By Federal law possession of marijuana is illegal. Hawaii is allowing its citizens to violate this law but not the concomitant possession of a firearm. Hawaii is attempting to take away firearms by selective enforcement of Federal law. A bad precedent.

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FredHayek replied the topic: Medical Marijuana 02 Dec 2017 14:48 #4

ramage wrote: SC,
Thanks for the link. What I find telling is the following from your link: "Hawaii, though, maintains an electronic database of both firearm purchasers, who must complete both the federal ATF and a state permit application, and medical marijuana patients. That allowed the Honolulu police to cross-check and compile a list of MMJ patients in the state’s firearm."
By Federal law possession of marijuana is illegal. Hawaii is allowing its citizens to violate this law but not the concomitant possession of a firearm. Hawaii is attempting to take away firearms by selective enforcement of Federal law. A bad precedent.

I can't wait to see this go to the courts because of this contradiction.


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ramage replied the topic: Medical Marijuana 15 Jan 2018 08:02 #5

The Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has left no doubt where it stands. Last year, the ATF spelled out the marijuana prohibition in boldface type on gun purchase forms.

“Any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medical purposes … is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition,” ATF spokeswoman Janice L. Kemp said in an email to The Associated Press.

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