Here’s a bit of news pro-gun-rights supporters saw coming from a mile away: medical marijuana card holders will be restricted from purchasing firearms in the future. The Court of Appeals ruled that marijuana was linked to “irrational or unpredictable behavior,” suggesting that medical marijuana patients are somehow a danger to society if they are permitted to buy guns.
• There has been absolutely no evidence that any shooting, singular or en masse, has ever been connected to cannabis, and the Court of Appeals decision said nothing about recreational users.
• This particular court case stems from an incident that happened a few years ago. Nevada resident S. Rowan Wilson, who was a medical card holder, was intercepted and refused access to a gun by a local gun seller. The man refused to sell her the gun on the sole basis that he knew she had a medical marijuana license.
• Further complicating the issue is the fact Wilson claims she has never used marijuana in her life. She asserts that she only had the card as a political statement, suggesting it was an effort to show her support for the movement at the time.
• Despite widespread medical and recreational legalization across the country, federal laws do still consider marijuana fully illegal. They also assert that no “unlawful user and/or an addict of any controlled substance” may be permitted to purchase guns.
• The Court of Appeals closed the case by reminding people of the federal law and the fact that it applies. “…it is beyond dispute that illegal drug users, including marijuana users, are likely as a consequence of that use to experience altered or impaired mental states that affect their judgment and that can lead to irrational or unpredictable behavior.”