Guns versus Medical Marijuana, is a cannabis user more likely to be violent?
The United States Ninth Circuit court ruled that a gun shop owner had the right to refuse to sell a gun to a woman who had a legal medical marijuana card from her state.
This District Court of Appeals, which by the way covers marijuana friendly states like Washington, Oregon, Alaska and California, held that it was reasonable for this this gun shop owner to refuse the sale to the legally card carrying woman because “using cannabis raised the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated”.
Retired Judge Shelli William Hayes thinks this ruling is absurd especially because the woman wasn’t even a cannabis user but rather had the card to support the marijuana movement. The woman merely wanted the gun for self-defense but the seller said that it was federally illegal to sell it to her.
She added “It’s absurd to think that a cannabis user is more likely to be violent when last I checked it hasn’t killed anyone”.
The gun shop owner was likely following a directive from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that came in letter form and stated that anyone who has admitted to using marijuana must be denied the sale of a firearm. It also stated that “there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State law”.
Thus the quandary once again raises its ugly head in the state versus federal debate and the uncertainty between our individual rights within the two arenas.
Yes, we are all still confused.