If you drink alcohol or take prescription pills, well don’t worry, you are in the clear. However, if you are one of millions of people who use the devil’s lettuce and hold a medical marijuana card… Well, it looks like Uncle Sam just decided you don’t deserve the right to purchase a firearm. According to the latest from the federal government, the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The latest ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to all nine Western states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction. This includes Oregon, Washington, and California.
This all stems from a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a woman in Nevada who attempted purchasing a firearm in 2011 after obtaining her medical marijuana card. The gun store refused to sell her a firearm, citing the federal rule on the sale of firearms to illegal drug users.
While cannabis still remains illegal under federal law and classified the same as heroin, 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. Because you know, that evil old plant somehow makes you a dangerous threat to society, and god forbid you should dream of exercising your second amendment rights and want to protect your home and family.
According to Business Insider, the 9th Circuit in its 3’0 decision agreed that it’s a reasonable assumption by federal regulators, those who hold medical marijuana cards are more likely to use cannabis. Gee, you don’t say?
In addition to all of this, banning those who use 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. So now that the United States government deems those who use cannabis unpredictable and irrational, who’s next on the list?