Court rules you can’t buy a firearm if you have a medical marijuana card

With a 3-0 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that medical marijuana card holders can’t buy a firearm.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed in 2011 by Nevada resident S. Rowan Wilson who tried to buy a firearm for self defense and was denied because of a federal ban on selling firearms to illegal drug users.

From Fortune:

Wilson claimed that she doesn’t actually use marijuana, she simply obtained a card to show her support for its legalization. The appeals court agreed with guidelines from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that firearms sellers should assume that medical marijuana card holders use the drug.

Chaz Rainey, the attorney representing Wilson, said that he plans to appeal the decision. “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,” he told the AP. He argued that there should be more consistency in how the Second Amendment is applied.


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