Medical Cannabis Users In Ohio Learn They’re Ineligible To Own Firearms

By Tom Knighton

Medical marijuana proponents are thrilled to see the number of states embracing the plant as medicine. They view it as an expansion of liberty in each state that adopts its usage. However, it remains illegal under federal law, and while Uncle Sam may not be cracking down on the dispensaries, but there are things they can do to remind many of its status, like pointing out how medical marijuana use makes on ineligible to own firearms.

In the state of Ohio, many who are embracing medical pot are learning they lose a little something in the process.

People who register with the state of Ohio to legally use medical marijuana will be prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law, according to guidance released by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

In an open letter to federally licensed firearms dealers, the ATF advised in 2011 that marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law so any use of the drug is unlawful, and gun dealers are prohibited from providing guns or ammo to anyone they have cause to believe uses pot.

“There are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such is sanctioned by state law,” the memo says.

The law applies to more than just buying guns. The ATF letter says marijuana users are prohibited from “shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.”

Anyone applying to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer must sign a form attesting he or she is not “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.”

The Form 4473 contains a note at the bottom reminding gun buyers of this fact, which makes it difficult for anyone to mount an effective defense of “Oh, I’m Click to see the original article