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Feds To Legal Medical Marijuana Patients: You Don’t Have Second Amendment Rights. Period.

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director September 28, 2011

    The federal government, notably under the current administration, continues to paint itself into a corner politically speaking regarding Mr. Obama’s pre-election promises to ‘fix the problem with medical marijuana’.

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) issued a memorandum on September 21 to all gun dealers in the United States for the expressed purpose of informing them that they MUST discriminate against lawful medical cannabis patients and DENY them their Second Amendment right to buy and possess a firearm for hunting and/or personal protection.

    The feds newest ‘clarifying’ memo regarding medical cannabis (proceeding the 2009 Ogden and 2011 Cole memos) is notable because members of NORML’s Legal Committee recently have been successfully challenging local and state law enforcement officials who’ve chosen to discriminate against lawful medical cannabis patients by denying them permits for a concealed weapon.

    Why is it OK and does it make any sense at all for lawful medical patients who are prescribed powerful painkillers and sedatives to be able to enjoy their Second Amendment rights and responsibilities, but medical cannabis patients who want to hunt or have self-protection in their homes are overtly discriminated against by our own federal government?

    This new ATF memo will provide an interesting test to see if the National Rifle Association really does support citizens’ rights to bear arms.

    206 Responses to “Feds To Legal Medical Marijuana Patients: You Don’t Have Second Amendment Rights. Period.”

    1. ballzdeep says:

      This all happens cause we let it all our famileys are the army and millatary if we come together I mean really come together show up with everyone and fire everyone do you really think all our famileys will fire on us we need to fire everyone and not hire anyone any of them mentored rebuild how the real gw seen it

    2. gerry says:

      first of all ballzdeep it would be a more credible statement if you would learn to spell correctly. Do you not have spell check on your computer?? Altho I do agree with your idea.
      Secondly, I will carry my gun regardless of the law. Due to crime, wild animals, and my constitutional rights they can’t take it away from me.

    3. Cham says:

      If you let your mmj expire do you regain your privileges?

    4. Reggiec says:

      Marijuana violence:
      Alcohol use contributes to aggressive and violent behavior. Marijuana use does not. Studies have repeatedly shown that alcohol, unlike marijuana, contributes to the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior. An article published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors reported that “alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship,” whereas “cannabis reduces the likelihood of violence during intoxication.”
      • Alcohol use is a major factor in violent crimes. Marijuana use is not. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that 25-30% of violent crimes in the United States are linked to the use of alcohol. According to a report from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, that translates to about 5,000,000 alcohol-related violent crimes per year. By contrast, the government does not even track violent acts specifically related to marijuana use, as the use of marijuana has not been associated with violence. (Of course, we should note that marijuana prohibition, by creating a widespread criminal market, is associated with acts of violence.)
      • Alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Marijuana use does not. Alcohol is a major contributing factor in the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is not to say that alcohol causes these problems; rather, its use makes it more likely that an individual prone to such behavior will act on it. For example, a study conducted by the Research Institute on Addictions found that among individuals who were chronic partner abusers, the use of alcohol was associated with significant increases in the daily likelihood of male-to-female physical aggression, but the use of marijuana was not. Specifically, the odds of abuse were eight times higher on days when men were drinking; the odds of severe abuse were 11 times higher. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) website highlights alcohol as the “most commonly used chemical in crimes of sexual assault” and provides information on an array of other drugs that have been linked to sexual violence. Given the fact that marijuana is so accessible and widely used, it is quite telling that the word “marijuana” does not appear anywhere on the page.
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      What will be next for this anti Second Amendment administration; seize any gun owned by someone with DUI?
      Nope, that will never happen the liquor industry gives too much money to politicians.

    5. Reggiec says:

      The ultimate solution is to remove cannabis from schedule I.

    6. I’ve contacted the ACLU. They’re not interested and seem to be ignorant that this is even going on.
      I contacted The Second Amendment Federation.
      They seem slightly intrigued but there is no help coming from them either.
      Their view is that “we just sit back and wait for the reclassification of marijuana to come”
      I’m not in the NRA. Is there any reason to be? What are they doing about this? Nada…(someone please correct me if I’m wrong)
      Meanwhile, oxy users and alcoholics enjoy their second amendment rights while the evil Assassin of Youth is denied.
      I guess were Subhumans who don’t deserve to protect our homes, lives and possessions.
      I wasn’t even wanting concealed carry. I just want home protection from “enemies, foreign and domestic” – (Land of the Free huh?)

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