ATF: Illegal To Sell Guns To Medical Marijuana Users
CBS News reports that The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives have deemed that medical marijuana patients are not entitiled to their second amendment rights.
Firearms dealers in states that regulate medical marijuana can’t sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug, a policy that marijuana and gun-rights groups say denies Second Amendment rights to individuals who are following state law. It’s already illegal under federal law for someone to possess guns if he or she is “an unlawful user of, or addicted to” marijuana or other controlled substances. A Sept. 21 letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, issued in response to numerous inquiries from gun dealers, clarifies that medical marijuana patients are included in that definition. “There are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law,” said the letter by Arthur Herbert, the ATF’s assistant director for enforcement programs and services.