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A United States federal appeals court has ruled that if you're a medical marijuana card holder, you cannot legally purchase a firearm.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in a 3-0 decision that the defendant, a Nevada woman named S. Rowan Wilson, could not purchase a gun while also possessing a medical cannabis card.
“It is beyond dispute that illegal drug users, including marijuana users, are likely as a consequence of that use to experience altered or impaired mental states that affect their judgment and that can lead to irrational or unpredictable behavior,” read the opinion written by federal New York judge Jed Rakoff, who has been assigned to the appeals panel temporarily.
Jakoff went on to note that, while consumers of medical cannabis are less likely to commit violence than users of other illegal substances, the courts are nonetheless supportive of the government’s declaration that “illegal drug users, including marijuana users, are more likely to be involved in violent crimes.”
People under the influence of mind altering substances such as alcohol or psychiatric drugs are a far greater danger to the public when in possession of a firearm than a pot smoker has ever been.