Up In Smoke: Gun Rights Under Current Marijuana Laws — a guest column



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.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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  2. the article on gun rights vs. medical marijuana struck me as being an advertising ploy for Ms Clark. I would have preferred to see you write of the solution rather then simply direct readers to her law office. I enjoy your articles Lee, but feel you came up short on this one..

    Paul Maerz – North Port, Fl..

    • george hayduke on

      Paul, I agree…traditional journalism is dead. The internet has killed it. News outlets are baiting us with miss-leading headlines and news articles without substance or fact checking. However, this “article” is not a “News Article”. They snuck it in as Blog, a blog that turned out to be an advertisement. I did however learn a few things so at least it was informative, more informative than some genuine news articles. The death of journalism is one additional nail in the collective coffin for the intelligence of our country, if not society as a whole.

    • Lee Williams on

      Sorry you feel that way, Paul, as I respect your opinion. Still, it’s a guest column on a topic I know little about. Cindy has expertise, and she raised important points — very important points. As to the ad, I always provide contact info for guest columnists. If someone’s willing to write for this site, it’s the least I can do.

      • It did not seem like an advertisement to me. The only thing that struck me as “ad”-like was the last paragraph where her contact info was given. And it wasn’t that bad. The rest of the article gave good information that supported the headline. Just my opinion.

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