MARIJUANA USAGE BY STATE
Under the Obama administration, the DEA refused to reschedule marijuana, which would have alleviated this issue. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has taken the position that anyone who has a medical marijuana card, regardless of whether there's an indication they actually utilize it, falls under the prohibition found under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3). The agency even revised the ATF Firearm Transfer Form 4473 to add the following language, “Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
While the debate regarding marijuana is far from settled, there’s a clear trend emerging. Many states and people believe marijuana offers a valid medicinal use, as evidenced by the legalization of the plant in a number of jurisdictions. While there are gun owners who believe marijuana is the “devil’s lettuce,” it’s important to consider the implications of adopting such a position — fellow citizens are denied the ability to exercise an enumerated constitutional right based on, in many cases, the use of a plant for medicinal purposes. Yet, opioids and their derivatives, which are arguably more dangerous, bring about no such implications for one’s constitutional rights.
Marijuana may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, it’s incumbent upon us all to take note of the battle of states’ rights when it comes to cannabis. It can be distilled down to a simple phrase found in a lesser-quoted amendment. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” United States Constitution, Amendment X.
Patrick Henry said it best,
“GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH.”
Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Way more states disregard federal law than you may have
thought. Recreational Use Medical Use
Illegal for Any Use, but Decriminalized Illegal for Any Use