It seems that the government is trying to infringe upon your Second Amendment rights anyway that they can, and this time they are using your medical marijuana card as an excuse. If you have a medical marijuana card, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that you cannot by a gun.
The court ruled 3-0 on Wednesday that a ban preventing medical marijuana card holders from purchasing firearms is not in violation of the Second Amendment, the Associated Press reports. There are nine western states under the court’s jurisdiction, including Nevada, where the case originated.
“We live in a world where having a medical marijuana card is enough to say you don’t get a gun, but if you’re on the no-fly list your constitutional right is still protected,” says Chaz Rainey, the attorney representing one woman’s appeal against the verdict.
Marijuana law expert at the San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Alex Kreit, suggests that we will more on the issue, arguing “that they shouldn’t be lumped with other drug users in terms of concerns about violence.”
In 2011, a woman named S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who said she tried to buy a firearm for self-defense after obtaining a medical marijuana card. The gun store refused to sell her the firearm, citing the federal rule banning the sale of firearms to illegal drug users.
Although medical marijuana is legal in Nevada, Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has told gun sellers they can assume a person with a medical marijuana card uses the drug.