Last spring, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that the ban on medical cannabis card holders buying guns is not a violation of their constitutional rights.
After a couple victories in US federal courts cannabis users were dealt a harsh blow, this last week. The 9th Circuit Court (which presides over states like California, Oregon, and Washington) decided to uphold a ban on medical marijuana card holders purchasing firearms.
The ban states that people who use illegal drugs should not be allowed to purchase firearms. Since cannabis is still illegal under federal law, it technically would fall into this category, despite being legal in half of the United States.
This ruling comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by Nevada woman S. Rowan Wilson when a gun shop refused to sell her a gun in 2011, after she purchased a medical cannabis card. Wilson claims that she does not even use cannabis, she simply purchased the card to show support for the legalization movement.
The court made their ruling based on a statement made by the US Congress that people who use illegal drugs are more prone to “irrational” and “unpredictable” behavior. While that is probably true of people who use meth and crack cocaine, the notion that cannabis use would cause someone to act out in a violent manner is pretty laughable.
If there’s any substance that seems to lead to gun violence it is most definitely alcohol which is of course legal. When was the last time you heard about someone getting stoned and going and shooting someone. I don’t think that has ever happened. This ruling seems incredibly hypocritical and if you ask me these people’s constitutional rights are being violated.