States' Rights Meet Gun Rights
October 5, 2011 3:36 PM Subscribe
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Even as medical marijuana activists in states like Arkansas
, and Massachusetts
look to legalize medical use in 2012, the ATF has sent letters to gun shops
in existing medical marijuana states. The letter says that shop owners cannot sell guns or ammunition if they have
"reasonable cause to believe" that the customer is a drug user, even if their use is legal under state law -- and that having or even mentioning a medical marijuana card constitutes reasonable cause. The entire text of the letter can be viewed here
Since 1968, Federal law
has prohibited gun sales to customers who answer "yes" to the question of whether they are "an unlawful user of, or addicted to" marijuana or other controlled substances. ATF spokesmen have recently gone further, stating that customers who "present a medical marijuana card as identification [or] talk about drug use, having a medical marijuana card or a recent drug conviction"
must be turned down. Breaking the law in question is a felony which can result in a sentence of 5-10 years in Federal prison.