The people of Illinois are waiting on two new law changes: the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, which will legalize medical marijuana, and the enactment of a concealed carry law. Somewhat ironically, citizens might have to choose between benefiting from just one of the laws.
People looking to purchase either product will have to go through the Illinois State Police – marijuana users will need a medical card and gun owners will need a FOID card.
Kurt Hoffman of Examiner speculates that Illinois State Police will inevitably cross reference one database against the other when they go over applications. It is a fairly reasonable assessment considering that the organization will have control of both databases and one of the questions under the gun permit application is, “Are you addicted to narcotics?”
It is unclear whether marijuana will still count as a narcotic legally in Illinois once the marijuana law comes into effect. Of course, some might argue it is impossible to become addicted to pot, regardless of whether or not it is considered a narcotic.
To make matters more complicated, federal form 4473 asks would-be gun owners, "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?"
It is entirely possible that regulators will allow gun owners to smoke away, but with two potential road bumps on the road to gun ownership it would not be surprising if Illinois citizens will have to choose between pot and marijuana.
One possible loophole might be to simply buy a gun as soon as possible, and then purchase pot. There is currently no indication that cannabis distributors will need to ask questions about gun ownership.
With the legalization of marijuana, do you think that the state and federal governments should stop asking questions about pot usage? Or do you think that it’s wise that they’re trying to keep guns out of the hands of drug users?