A closer look at guns and mar­i­juana

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

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.

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