ATF Bans Guns for People Who Use Medical Marijuana

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According to a memo issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) on Sept. 21, people who use marijuana in accordance with their state's medical marijuana laws cannot be sold or possess guns (or ammunition).

The memo reads in part: "Any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use of medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition."

The memo to gun dealers was obtained by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

The use of medical marijuana has been legalized in 16 states and the District of Columbia, but marijuana is currently a Schedule I drug, the most restrictive classification, reserved for drugs with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical value.


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