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Bill Introduced To Restore Second Amendment Rights To Medical Cannabis Patients

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second amendment marijuana medical patientsLast Friday, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D) introduced HR 3483, Protecting Individual Liberties and States’ Rights Act. The legislation was introduced in the wake of a federal memo to licensed gun dealers circulated nationwide last year warning them not to sell guns or ammunition to customers who legally use medical cannabis with their physician’s recommendation, many of whom pay annual fees to be in state-run registries and receive state-issued identification cards.

The Federal Identification Card (FID), which allows citizens to purchase guns and ammunition from retail outlets, states that FID card holders can’t, among other restrictions, use schedule I controlled substances, a legal classification created by the federal government in 1970 that cannabis was contentiously placed in.

HR 3483 seeks to remedy the discrimination of lawful, state-compliant medical cannabis patients of their inability to exercise their Second Amendment right to possess firearms for personal protection, sport and hunting.

NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre commented, “In a country where other medical patients don’t lose their Second Amendment rights–even those that are prescribed potent narcotics–what reason can justify law-abiding medical patients who legally use cannabis as a therapeutic from being denied a sacredly held constitutional right?”

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  1. Hooray more gun loving weed smoking Voluntaryists ^_^
    warms my heart to know that with as long as people like us keep growing in number, and I think they will exponentially, maybe just maybe one day we can be free

  2. Well, at the federal level the drug is still illegal and therefore denial on 4473 background check on using illegal drugs would be a felony. So, since CO passed their Universal Background Check law, no user of class 1 drugs can purchase firearms. CO has created two problems, one is that they seem to think that with a liberal as AG, they can get away with ignoring federal drug laws and they also passed a universal background check law.
    My personal preference is that the UBC law needs to be scraped and that the federal law on Marijuana should be amended. The federal law does not seem to be in-line with current medical thinking and is not being enforced.

  3. Just to add,,,If a person has a HR 218 Identification and also has a MMJ card in a legal state. The HR 218 status becomes void.
    As it is a Federally Sectioned Endorsement and we all know that MMJ is illegal on a federal level, so it voids the HR 218.
    But you can still take legally prescribed, all the pain killers or SSRI’s you need.
    Ask Congress, don’t ask me.

  4. Just to add,,,If a person has a HR 218 Identification and also has a MMJ card in a legal state. The HR 218 status becomes void.
    As it is a Federally Sectioned Endorsement and we all know that MMJ is illegal on a federal level, so it voids the HR 218.
    But you can still take legally prescribed, all the pain killers or SSRI’s you need.
    Ask Congress, don’t ask me.

  5. Google,,,HR 218,,,it’s a Federally sectioned carry, good in all, I repeat all 50 states. It over rides any and all State or Local regs.
    The I.D. quotes the Fed. Law and the fact that the person has met the requirements of HR 218.
    It was enacted by Bush and enhanced by Obama. It only applies to an active LEO or a Q R LEO. Who must attend a yearly certification from a credited Law Enforcement Agency. If you fly you surrender your Firearm (dismantled), it is stored on the aircraft and then returned to you when you leave the terminal.
    If you wonder why this is in place, ask Congress,, not me.

  6. Google,,,HR 218,,,it’s a Federally sectioned carry, good in all, I repeat all 50 states. It over rides any and all State or Local regs.
    The I.D. quotes the Fed. Law and the fact that the person has met the requirements of HR 218.
    It was enacted by Bush and enhanced by Obama. It only applies to an active LEO or a Q R LEO. Who must attend a yearly certification from a credited Law Enforcement Agency. If you fly you surrender your Firearm (dismantled), it is stored on the aircraft and then returned to you when you leave the terminal.
    If you wonder why this is in place, ask Congress,, not me.

  7. There is no “Federal Identification Card” and the federal government issues no ID which pertains to firearms. Massachusetts has something called a ‘Firearms Identification Card’ (FID) and Illinois has a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card’ (FOID) which are basically pre-background checks allowing purchase of firearms and ammunition. Possibly other states do also. This disqualification does exist, but there is no identification requirement and how the dealer can be expected to know if a person is prohibited because of his or her use of medicinal use of marijuana, I cannot guess. Even if the dealer asked if the person had a medical marijuana card, that person could obviously state that they do not. I don’t think there is a public database of licensees.

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