Maryland Bill Would Help Protect Medical Marijuana Users’ Right to Keep and Bear Arms

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 13, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would protect medical marijuana users’ right to possess firearms in the state. It would also help foster an environment hostile to federal gun control and take another step toward nullifying unconstitutional marijuana prohibition.

Sen. Michael Hough (R) and Sen. Robert Zirkin (D) introduced Senate Bill 602 (SB602) on Jan. 31. The legislation provides that a person may not be denied the right to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that the person is authorized to use medical cannabis.

Currently, both federal and Maryland state law stipulate that an “unlawful user” of a controlled substance cannot possess firearms. Even though Maryland has legalized medical marijuana, the mere possession of marijuana in the state remains otherwise illegal in any other circumstance. As the Maryland gun lobbying organization MSI explains it, this remains the law even though possession of small amounts of marijuana has also been decriminalized in the state. “See Robinson, 451 Md. at 9 – ‘Simply put, decriminalization is not synonymous with legalization, and possession of marijuana remains unlawful.’”

In other words, a medical marijuana user could conceivably be denied …

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