Change never is easy and the solution to one problem often creates new conflicts that must be addressed or unintended consequences that must be reconciled. We’re seeing that play out now as Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program revs up. People who want to use that program are being forced to make difficult choices in other aspects of their lives.
The latest example, from a recent report by philly.com: If you own a gun and become approved as a medical marijuana patient, you become a criminal if you don’t discard your weapon.
That’s because while marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes in Pennsylvania under state law, the drug remains illegal under federal law. It’s federal law that dictates who can buy and possess guns, and that law bans sales to and possession by someone who is an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.”
Gun buyers must fill out a federal form that asks about marijuana use and notes users’ applications will be denied.
Lying on that form is a federal felony. And the background check system