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

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former 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.

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

    1. mark says:

      Becuase you lie about something for 7o some years does not make it right, It is still a lie!…..Who wants to live with a govt that lie’s to you you?

    2. Pete Guither says:

      This is ridiculous, and the letter is about as Kafka-esque as imaginable.

      But I’m also concerned about the apparent attack on our right to wear short-sleeved shirts as implied in the post tags. How long must the sleeves be?

    3. Manford Mantis says:

      I didn’t even have to read this post to realize that it’s just another ploy to disarm us and protect themselves by doing it. This has nothing to do with cannabis – and – everything to do with accomplishing their 2012 agenda of the take over of America. At this point in time – cannabis should get in the back seat – and – leave the driving to our freedom, out country and our Constitution. Don’t get caught up in this shell game the Luciferians are constantly playing in every area. It’s drawing near – the clock is ticking.

    4. James says:

      Some dickhead signed that and believes it?

    5. Tom says:

      Earth to Feds: Your drug war is an epic-fail. Period.

    6. mike says:

      Hey man, they don’t want something (cannabis/hemp) to be legal. Way to many products the cannabis plant can replace, cheaper; like 50k and counting. Big corrupt money looking out for itself. Wake up folks, going to take more than bs talk. Cannapeace

    7. rudeman says:

      No remember our gov sends all the guns to mexico. so the violence remains awful they call it job security..And then they will cover it up..But thats ok cause they are the gov….WHAT A JOKE THIS COUNTRY IS BECOMING…and we have the best gov chinas money can buy…don’t understand lmao…bunch of dumbass’es…

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    9. Rob says:

      Total B.S! Obama you don’t have my vote! NOBAMA

    10. Don says:

      My take on this is that the administration is basically saying “We don’t like your kind and as far as we are concerned you are fair game for the real criminals”. It is predjudice pure and simple! It has absolutely nothing to do with a marijuana user being dangerous just because they have a gun; at least, surely, they aren’t that friggin’ stupid – but then again maybe some of them are…

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