Gun rights v. med marijuana rights: You can have both, argues lawsuit

Gun rights v. med marijuana rights: You can have both, argues lawsuit

The federal restriction on medical marijuana patients being able to own a gun needs to be “unwound at the federal level on Capitol Hill,” says Leafly Senior Editor David Downs. While California lawmakers are looking to further curb people’s access to guns, an effort by a Florida official to loosen federal regulations may have an impact for gun owners in California and across the nation, especially those who rely on medical marijuana. A lawsuit has been filed against the federal government over its policies that bar medical marijuana patients from owning a gun. Leafly Senior Editor David Downs , who calls the U.S government’s cannabis regulations unconstitutional, breaks it down. The following interview has been edited for clarity. Who is behind the lawsuit? David Downs: Her name is Nikki Fried , and she’s Florida’s agricultural commissioner who oversees the state’s concealed carry permits program for firearms. She also regulates aspects of medical marijuana. She dropped this lawsuit against the federal government over the conflict that she saw in her office with regard to medical marijuana users’ rights under the Second Amendment. She is the latest person to bring up this ongoing conflict between federal law and state law that now affects 18 adult-use states and 37 medical marijuana ones. What are the federal rules dictating gun ownership and medical marijuana use? It starts with marijuana being a Schedule 1 controlled substance, deemed no medical use and high potential for abuse. It’s been there since the 1960s alongside heroin, PCP […]

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