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Oregon Weighs Landmark Medical Marijuana and Gun Rights Case

In what could be a landmark ruling, the Oregon Supreme Court is expected to decide whether a medical marijuana patient can also carry a concealed gun.

Cynthia Willis has a legal marijuana card in Oregon, one of 15 states and the District of Columbia that allow for medical marijuana. But when she applied to renew her concealed weapons permit, the Jackson County Sheriff denied it because of her marijuana status.

According to the Associated Press, Willis argued that using medicinal marijuana is no different than using any other prescribed drug, and it should not stop her from carrying a concealed gun for protection.

Willis has won twice in lower courts, with the state's rights to regulate concealed weapons trumping federal gun control law. Now the matter is before the state's highest court. The briefs and the arguments have been filed -- everyone is waiting for the decision.

This case is believed to be the first of its kind to weigh gun rights against legal medical marijuana rights.


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