A closer look at guns and marijuana
Are guns and medical marijuana a dangerous combination? There’s no clear answer. So it was prudent for the Honolulu Police Department to take a step back from its plans to require legal medical marijuana patients to surrender their firearms, ammunition and permits — pending development of a policy that’s “legally sound and serves our community,” as Honolulu’s new police chief, Susan Ballard, described it.
It’s an issue that has sown some confusion in states with legal medical cannabis, as federal law prohibits anyone who uses marijuana, medicinally or not, from owning firearms. A careful approach is best.