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Pennsylvania Senator Working To Allow MMJ Cardholders To Possess Firearms

Emily Mullins

by Emily Mullins

February 12, 2024 11:56 am ET Estimated Read Time: 2 Minutes
Fact checked by Kymberly Drapcho
Pennsylvania Senator Working To Allow MMJ Cardholders To Possess Firearms

Since cannabis is still a federally illegal substance, it remains difficult for medical marijuana cardholders to own or carry firearms. Current legislation views anyone who uses marijuana as unlawful, regardless of whether or not they have medical reasons for doing so.

However, some states are working to adopt bills that would allow lawful medical marijuana users to possess and use firearms. The latest is Pennsylvania, where state Senator Dan Laughlin (R) is preparing to introduce legislation on this particular issue. The state’s current Uniform Firearms Act prohibits cannabis users from carrying guns, but many are starting to view this as a stigmatized, outdated view. Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2016, and this would be the newest in a series of amendments made to the law permitting cannabis use.

“My legislation will make sure a valid medical marijuana cardholder is no longer considered an unlawful marijuana user. Although marijuana remains illegal under federal law, we should be updating Pennsylvania’s laws to ensure valid medical marijuana cardholders are not denied their rights,” Laughlin wrote in a press release.

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While the bill’s final draft is still being written, this is exciting news for Pennsylvania residents who want to take advantage of their Second Amendment rights. Laughlin has been working on this issue for some time now, starting last year with a push to the state’s police commissioner to review the ban on firearm ownership for medical marijuana patients.

In other exciting news, Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently working on legalizing adult-use cannabis. The House of Representatives is in the midst of a series of sessions regarding this topic, and, fortunately, there is a fair amount of bipartisan support.

The federal government is holding fast regarding cannabis and gun use. However, more states, including Colorado, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, are either challenging the law or enacting their own laws permitting medical marijuana patients to possess guns.

Since the federal government is currently considering rescheduling marijuana to Schedule III, this may eventually change the laws regarding cannabis users and firearms. For now, though, only time will tell what this impact may look like.

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