The Feds have officially decided that guns and weed don’t mix. So even if your State is making weed legal, then you’re almost certainly going to have to decide between getting high and keeping your guns.
Pennsylvania, Maryland and several other States have already put the legislation in motion.
“They’re going to have to make a choice,” said John T. Adams, president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. “They can have their guns or their marijuana, but not both.”
More than 800,000 guns are sold or transferred in Pennsylvania annually, and more than 10,000 people in the state have signed up for medical marijuana.
The Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has left no doubt where it stands. Last year, the ATF spelled out the marijuana prohibition in boldface type on gun purchase forms.
“Any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medical purposes … is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition,” ATF spokeswoman Janice L. Kemp said in an email to The Associated Press.
This could be an easy way to disarm vast swathes of the country. That could arguably be a good thing, but it’s also an insidious use of legal weed to get people to waive their Second Amendment rights.