Federal Court: Medical Marijuana Cardholders Can’t Own Guns

A federal appeals court has ruled that simply having a medical marijuana card will keep you from being able to own guns…even if you don’t use cannabis.

The ruling was made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Wilson vs. Lynch. The case stemmed from a 2011 incident when Rowan Wilson tried to buy a gun in Lyon County, Nevada. The owner of the gun store, Frederick Hauser, turned Wilson away because he knew that she had recently obtained a medical marijuana registry card.

Wilson’s medical marijuana card was from the state Department for Health and Human services and was completely legal in the state of Nevada.

Yet, Hauser’s action of turning Wilson away was also legal. He had received a letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which stated that even if cannabis was being used for medicinal purposes, and was approved by the state, the user would be prevented from transporting, receiving or possessing firearms.

Why? Because the federal government claims that cannabis as a Schedule I drug. As a Schedule I drug, cannabis is on the same level as Heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, which means that the government has it listed as the most dangerous form of drug, which has absolutely no medical value.

However, compounds found in cannabis have been proven to have a variety of medical benefits, including helping people who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Epilepsy, and killing cancer cells. That’s a lot more than you can say about any other schedule I drugs.

Is this some old law? Nope. In fact, just last month the Drug Enforcement Administration had the opportunity to reschedule marijuana, and they refused.

While the federal government acts as if marijuana has no medicinal value, 24 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for medical use. Four of those states and D.C. have also legalized it for recreational use, and at least five states will vote on legalization in November.

The interesting thing about the case of Wilson v. Lynch is that even though Wilson owned a medical marijuana registry card, she testified that she was not a marijuana user, and she simply pursued the card because she supports marijuana legalization.

So the federal appeals court that ruled against Wilson isn’t just determining that marijuana users can’t own guns, they are saying that anyone who has a medical marijuana registry card is not entitled to their Second Amendment rights.

This case raises a few questions, for instance – medical marijuana users can’t own guns, but the millions of Americans who abuse prescription painkillers can? And with nearly half of the states in this country recognizing the medicinal value of cannabis, why is the federal government still working so hard to prevent access to it?

 

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BREAKING: US court, Ban On Gun Sales To Medical Marijuana Users Does Not Violate 2nd Amendment.

Appeals court upholds ban on gun sales to medical marijuana card holders

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A federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the 2nd Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, including California, Washington and Oregon.

It came in a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who tried to buy a firearm in 2011 after obtaining a medical marijuana card.

The gun store refused, citing the federal rule on the sale of firearms to illegal drug users.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has told gun sellers they can assume a person with a medical marijuana card uses the drug.

The 9th Circuit in its 3-0 decision agreed that it’s reasonable for federal regulators to assume a medical marijuana card holder is more likely to use the drug.

In addition, a ban on the sale of guns to marijuana and other drug users is reasonable because the use of such drugs “raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated,” Senior District Judge Jed Rakoff said.

The 9th Circuit also rejected other constitutional challenges to the ban that were raised by Wilson.

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Oregon Man Finds Porta-Potty Filled to the Brim With Marijuana

An Oregon man made quite the discovery this week when he found a massive marijuana crop stashed inside a porta-potty at a local park.

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The unidentified man was walking his dog at a Rogue River park when he made the shocking discovery in the portable bathroom. Instead of leaving it alone or cashing in, the man reported the find to the police, who have stated it is the largest seizure of the plant that their department has ever made.

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A man walking his dog through Anna Classick Park this morning just before 9am, stopped to use the Porta-Potty next to the tennis courts…and found this. Got marijuana? We Do!” Rogue River Police wrote on their Facebook page on Wednesday, with five photos of the weed.

One helpful resident offered to help the department out, commenting on their post that she specializes “in weed eradication and i can help make it disappear as a service to the community.”

The outdoor toilet had reportedly been checked by a public works employee three hours prior to the weed discovery, and was empty at the time. There were also people playing tennis nearby, though they told police that they did not see anything suspicious.

On Thursday morning, Chief Ken Lewis stated that the police still do not know how the marijuana ended up in the potty, or why. He floated theories from the toilet being a pick up point for a sale to a disgruntled citizen protesting all the marijuana grows in the area.

In a sad sight for stoners everywhere, the department also updated their page with the status of the weed in the mid-afternoon.

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“Well, all good things must come to an end, and this is how the marijuana from yesterday’s “The Fresh Connection” case ended up this morning after being run through the city’s wood chipper. It is now green mulch. Let’s just hope we don’t get some suspicious looking green plants coming up through the ground next year at the city’s Public Works yard,” the department wrote, including photos of the destroyed plants.

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, as well as one of the first to legalize it for medicinal purposes. In 2015, the state declared marijuana sales legal to recreational users from dispensaries.

Cultivation of marijuana for non-medical purposes has been legal in the state since 2014.

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Gary Johnson stopped using marijuana for White House bid

Gary Johnson smoked marijuana seven weeks ago, but says he will stop during his run for office because he wants to be “completely on top of my game.”

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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson revealed on Thursday that he is abstaining from using marijuana while he runs for the White House.

During an interview with USA Today, Johnson was asked how long it’s been since he’s taken the drug.

“It’s been about seven weeks,” he responded, adding that he would not partake in the drug during his term if he’s elected. “I want to be completely on top of my game, all cylinders.”

Johnson has long advocated for legalizing the drug, saying on Thursday that there is “an unbelievable disconnect” between politicians and the public on the issue.

“I haven’t had a drink of alcohol in 29 years because of rock climbing and the notion of being the best that you can be, and in that same vein I’ve stopped using marijuana of any kind,” he said earlier in the interview.


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The FBI Says It Can’t hire Hackers because They All Smoke Pot

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The Internet can be a treacherous place.

So treacherous, that in order to meet the mounting cybersecurity challenges posed by hackers, Congress has tasked the FBI with hiring some 2,000 new recruits to fight computer-related crimes.

But the hiring process has hit an unforeseen snag: the FBI’s drug testing policies are making it nearly impossible for them to hire hackers with enough skills to best the cyber-criminals the feds are trying to take down.

“I am absolutely dead set against using marijuana,” FBI director James Comey told those in attendance at a senate hearing on the bureau’s oversight, “I don’t want young people to use marijuana. It’s against the law. We have a three-year ban on marijuana.”

The strict rules against cannabis put in place by Comey’s FBI have drastically reduced the applicant pool for the 2,000 positions the bureau has to fill.

The most talented hackers are taking more lucrative and more weed-tolerant positions at private cybersecurity firms.

“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey said.

It’s no secret that the federal government is having a hard time hiring cybersecurity experts.

According to the Wall Street Journal, FBI Director Comey said that in order to effectively combat so-called cyber criminals, the government would essentially have to allow government hackers use marijuana.

With more lucrative opportunities elsewhere, few talented applicants seem willing to set aside their habit just to work for the feds.

“[We have] the government hiring practices of the 1940s and 50s in the 21st century,” Gregory Wilshusen, director of information at the General Accountability Office, told reporters.

The agency’s current regulations forbid hiring someone who has “smoked” marijuana in the last three years.

Although there’s nothing in the bylaws which stipulate other forms of cannabis consumption, like dabs or edibles, wouldn’t be allowed, it seems the spirit of the regulation is a ban on buds across the board.

Because of the problems it is facing trying to find talented cybersecurity experts to work for the government, the FBI may have to begin considering relaxing its restrictions on cannabis and taking a closer look at hiring practices.

Comey, however, has stated he will not relax the current policies: “I did not say that I’m going to change that ban. I said I have to grapple with the change in my workforce.”

Even so, the agency is requesting that interested applicants should apply whether or not they’ve recently gotten stoned.


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