Medical pot creates dilemma for gun owners

Medical pot creates dilemma for gun owners

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Creative Commons HARRISBURG — People who obtain medical marijuana through the state’s program launched in 2016 can’t buy or possess firearms, a prosecutor told lawmakers earlier this week. Any gun-buyer who fails to disclose that they are using medical marijuana would be breaking state and federal law, said Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold. While state law allows people enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program to use the drug, federal law still bars marijuana use. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has warned states that firearms are prohibited for people who use marijuana whether it’s legal in the state or not, he said. “This can only be changed by the federal government,” Arnold said. Arnold made his comments in a legislative hearing called at the Capitol by lawmakers on Monday. Arnold was representing the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. The prosecutors’ group has come out in opposition against legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Republican state Rep. Kathy Rapp, whose district covers eastern Crawford County, said lawmakers want to try to understand the implications of the state’s move to allow patients to use medical marijuana as the state debates further moves to legalize the drug for recreational use or to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Rapp is chairwoman of the House health committee. State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny County, introduced legislation, House Bill 50, in February that would allow recreational use of marijuana by adults. In addition, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat, just completed […]

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