PA medical marijuana and gun laws: Well, if you decide to apply for a medical marijuana card, be ready to surrender your gun toting privileges. Here is the Pennsylvania State Police statement on their website, citing federal law, telling medical marijuana card holders: "
It is legal under Pennsylvania law for the holder of a validly issued patient Medical Marijuana Card to possess approved forms of medical marijuana. However, as per the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), the possession of medical marijuana remains a violation of federal law, and possession of a valid Medical Marijuana Card and/or the use of medical marijuana makes you an "unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance" who is prohibited by federal law from the purchase or acquisition, possession, or control of a firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. & 922(g)(3), and 27 C.F.R. & 478.32(a)(3).
Therefore, it is also unlawful for you to apply for, possess or renew a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearm (LTC), because you are "an individual who is prohibited from possessing or acquiring a firearm under the statutes of the United States." (Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Chapter 18, Section 6109(e)(1)(xiv). letter to federal firearms licensees.
It is not likely that they will confiscate any weapons you may already own by registering for, or possessing a medical marijuana card. However, if you try to buy a gun, or apply for a permit to carry a gun, you are probably going to be denied. Talk to your local and state representatives to keep up with the latest changes to these ridicules laws.
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