Big Wins For Marijuana Movement
Ever since the first state legalized recreational marijuana, hell, ever since the first state legalized medical marijuana there’s a few conversations being had. Among those conversations are two big ones.
- How is this going to affect gun owners with it still being federally illegal?
- How long until it’s completely legalized?
So, how does it affect gun owners? Well, technically speaking, if you smoke the Devil’s Lettuce, and then fill out a 4473 you’re committing a felony. Why? Under federal law marijuana is still illegal and the NICS system doesn’t account for states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Some people will say that lawfully using it in state ‘x’ means you’re perfectly fine to own a firearm.
Well, let’s look at the form we all fill out at the gun store, the 4473. More specifically, question 11 E.
Question 11 E reads as follows: Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?
Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.
If you’re having problems understanding that (which apparently people do), question 11 E specifically says that state legalization/decriminalization or even medical use isn’t exempt… because it’s still illegal at the federal level. This leads to the next question, what are states doing to protect the rights of users, both of a recreational nature, and a medicinal nature.
In some state, there’s no protections in place. If you use it or get it prescribed to you, you’re forfeiting your 2nd Amendment rights. In other states something different is happening though…
Back in February Senate Bill (SB) 959 which was authored by Senator Nathan Daham got passed in Oklahoma. This bill protects the rights of individuals who were prescribed medicinal marijuana to be able to get themselves a carry permit if they need one for travel/just to have one. Upon it passing, Sen. Daham was quoted in saying the following:
“Our Second Amendment rights outlined in the United States Constitution are very clear – the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. We cannot discriminate against medical marijuana cardholders because of their personal medicinal decisions. All Oklahomans should have their Second Amendment rights protected, and I’m glad my colleagues agree that we must uphold the Constitution.”
I don’t believe Oklahoma is the first state to pass something like this, but it’s a fantastic win for both gun activists and marijuana activists alike. The question now is, will Big Bubba Fed swing it’s dick and try shutting it down like they did Firearm Protection Acts?
Beyond that fact that Oklahoma just passed that law, let’s talk about what’s happening to change how people look at marijuana users. Both the MLB and the NFL have “legalized” weed inside of their organizations this year. From now on out, ball players in either league will not be penalized or kicked out for using marijuana.
In light of this fantastic news, a lot of people are looking at it the wrong way. That wrong way is, “Of course, people with money in influence are getting away with it.”
That isn’t what’s happening. If a player gets pulled over with marijuana in their vehicle, they will still get arrested (worst case scenario) or fined. They aren’t immune to the laws that exist just because the organizations they’re apart of have taken off the restrictions. Actually, it’s no different than certain employers not even testing any longer courtesy of legal states.
The big takeaway is the potential this has to curve the stereotypical view people have placed on marijuana users. Instead of the stereotype of being lazy thrown on those who use marijuana, we’re going to see some of the world’s elite athletes being open about marijuana usage without the backlash like Michael Phelps got… or as much.
I think this has the potential to lead to not only many states legalizing recreational marijuana, but maybe even the federal government doing the same thing.
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