Should Ore. let medical marijuana users pack heat?

By Terrapinzflyer · Nov 4, 2009 · Updated Nov 4, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Should Ore. let medical marijuana users pack heat?

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Should Oregon let medical marijuana users obtain concealed handgun permits?

    That question was before the Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

    Sheriffs from Washington and Jackson counties are seeking clarification on whether federal law prohibiting illegal drug users from possessing handguns applies to people who have permits to use marijuana for medical reasons.

    Lower courts had twice ordered the two sheriffs to give weapons permits to people who had lost them because they are medical marijuana users, and the sheriffs appealed those rulings.

    A Portland lawyer argued in court Wednesday that under Oregon law medical marijuana users cannot be deprived of the right to a concealed handgun permit.

    Associated Press - November 4, 2009 3:45 PM ET

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  1. Samadhi
    This is a little odd... if one is a normal patient getting his/her meds every week or so and not slangin' pounds out of their backyard then they should have no reason for a gun.

    But... our constitution says that every 'merican has the right to own a firearm... but swim slightly leans towards the side that one shouldn't need a concealed weapons permit or concealed weapon unless they have a reason to always be strapped, and any way you look at that it spells a bad situation. But, it is technically unconstitutional to deny them the right...

    This sounds like the problems with cannabis related crime in California as thrown out by the news have fallen on the ears of Oregon officials. But one could also argue, that if cannabis was legal, there'd no reason for Tyrell and all his homies to light up your house for things they are too lazy to grow... don't see too many people shooting eachother over a legally protected booze facility or even a bottle of booze (pretty sure it happens south of the dixie line tho)

    They are skipping around the main problem of the whole thing; crime and illegality forcing the rights of people into submission even after they are approved for non-criminal use of a product... are they going to start taking guns away from people who have been caught with a misdemeanor?!
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