Can Utah’s medical marijuana users own guns?

Can Utah’s medical marijuana users own guns?

Conflicts between state and federal laws mean cannabis consumers face a labyrinth of decisions, but advocates and experts say it’s permitted. (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cannabis and a Glock 19 handgun, in Cottonwood Heights on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Editor’s note • This story is available to Salt Lake Tribune subscribers only. Thank you for supporting local journalism. Sunset resident Jeremy Hawkins knew he was legally permitted to own a gun in Utah. And as a registered medical cannabis patient, he was confident he was on the right side of the state’s drug laws. He just wasn’t sure if — and how — he could do both at the same time. That’s because even the most perfect, rule-following marijuana patient is technically still a scofflaw in the eyes of the federal government, which oversees many aspects of gun sales and possession across the nation. With that in mind, Hawkins decided to hire an attorney, reasoning that the $350 was money well spent. “It makes me feel like I’m still breaking the law, even though I’m not,” said the 36-year-old, of complications and stigmas that still surround the plant’s medical use. Like recreational and medical cannabis in states across the country, Utah’s roughly year-old program occupies a gray space because it operates under the nose of the federal government, which prohibits the substance. Advocates are hopeful that the tide could be turning, with powerful Senate Democrats recently vowing to take on a federal legalization effort and a […]

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