Lee’s note: Here’s a great story about how marijuana can effect your ability to own fireams from Sarasota attorney Cynthia Clark. Cindy is a lifelong shooter with a passion for the Second Amendment and a strong desire to help gun owners safeguard their rights and their collections. She is well known by the gun community in southwest Florida for her gun trusts.
Up In Smoke: Gun Rights Under Current Marijuana Laws
For those of us who grew up in the 60s and 70s, it’s been very interesting to watch the cultural shift toward decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana.
As of March 2016, 23 states have legalized pot in some way. Four states (Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington) plus the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use and possession of pot. Other states have passed laws legalizing the use of medical marijuana. Florida voters may yet decide to allow medical marijuana when it appears on the ballot again this November. Some states – and even some localities like Miami Beach and Tampa here in Florida – have decriminalized the possession of a small amount of pot, making it a civil offense rather than a criminal offense.
That’s all groovy, man, but the feds aren’t on the same page. And the feds decide who can own guns.
Federal laws trump state laws when it comes to firearms and illegal drugs. Marijuana (cannabis) is still a Schedule I controlled substance – and there’s no exception for medical use or small amounts in possession. Pot is still illegal under federal law. Period.
Click here to read the rest of Cindy’s story.