Being a Medical Marijuana Patient Means You Can’t Own a Gun

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Using Medical Marijuana Means You Can’t Own a Gun

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco last week ruled that the federal ban on firearms sales to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment. Congress banned selling a firearm to MMJ cardholders because cannabis “raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated.” When in 2011, S. Rowan Wilson attempted to buy a firearm for personal protection the dealer refused, citing federal law. The 9th Circuit’s 3-0 decision, agreed with federal regulators that it is reasonable to assume medical marijuana card holders are also marijuana users. Chaz Rainey, Wilson’s lawyer, said he intends to appeal the ruling, in part, because of the inconsistency in applying the Second Amendment.

“We live in a world where having a medical marijuana card is enough to say you don’t get a gun, but if you’re on the no fly list your constitutional right is still protected,” Rainey said.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, R U OK?

Adult use of cannabis will be on the November ballot in Maine, but the state’s governor is not handling this too well. At a town hall in Bangor this summer he, apparently puzzled on the practical aspects of legalization, opined “I can’t figure out how you are going to tax something you grow in your backyard, I just can’t figure that out.” (Perhaps Colorado or Washington states could clarify that for him.) While, questions about taxation, distribution and how to control something for adult use when it grows outdoors, are valid concerns for a state considering legalization, LePage’s resistance to Question 1 goes deeper than that.

Last week LePage admitted he keeps a three ring binder with newspaper clippings relating to the state’s opioid epidemic, he then further asserted that 90 percent of those arrested in connection with opioid-related crimes are African Americans or Hispanics from out of state. This is a lie. A very mean, racist lie. He then called a state legislator, who had not said anything mean about LePage publicly, and left a really weird voicemail.  The story only gets weirder from there, honestly.

So, Gov. LePage please let us know if you’re okay we are concerned.
Mainers, remember to vote in November.

Israel Will Begin Exporting Their Medical Cannabis

For a some time time Israel has had a robust, and government-sanctioned medical cannabis research program, making it easily one of the friendliest nations in the world to patients. In June the government eased restrictions on growing cannabis, making it more easily available to the nation’s 23,000 patients. The new rules make it easier for patients to grow their own medicine, doctors to write prescriptions, and local pharmacies to dispense cannabis. Last Sunday, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel told Israel Radio that within two years there will be rules in place that will allow the nation to begin exporting medical cannabis to other nations. “The Agriculture Ministry has set up specific areas for the research and trial of growing cannabis, a plant whose foremost use is the medical treatment of patients around the world,” he said.

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