Gov. Wolf tells WESA’s Kevin Gavin Pennsylvanians should not have to choose between owning guns and receiving medical marijuana.
More than 10,000 Pennsylvanians have registered so far to receive a medical marijuana card.
But they are finding out that they can’t receive medical cannabis and still be able to legally purchase a firearm. That’s because under federal law all types of marijuana, including medical cannabis, are prohibited.
The people who signed up to receive medical marijuana will be on a registry that licensed gun dealers will have to reference as part of the background check process before selling a weapon.
“People should not have to make that choice,” said Gov. Tom Wolf, who acknowledged gun sale regulations are a “federal thing.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulates the sale of firearms.
“Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
Then the form contains a warning:
“The use or possession of marijuana remains