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CO – OPINION – Where you going with that gun, bud?

Colorado started with medical marijuana and in 2014 legalized recreational sales. Business is booming. There were more than $1.5 billion in legal herb sales in Colorado last year. This does not account for the underground market, which is still here and probably stronger than ever. Cannabis tourists come here. They join long lines of local and regional recreational users waiting for their turn at the counter. It could be argued that some retailers are selling overpriced, overgrown and overblown weed and edibles. I work next door to a dispensary. Customers don’t seem to mind. Some dispensaries feature kids with white lab coats, saggy pants and backwards ball caps greeting customers, sharing their expertise about indica, sativa and hybrids. Are you going to listen to music? Watch a movie? Run a marathon? There are different strains that do different things. The medicine man awaits and knows what you need. Even in conservative communities, $266 million in tax revenue is hard to resist. But what about stoner gun owners? It turns out that federal law prohibits marijuana users from owning guns or ammunition. You can be a deranged lunatic and own an assault rifle, but you cannot use any form of marijuana and legally possess any gun. “Any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medical purposes … is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition,” ATF spokeswoman Janice L. Kemp said in an email to The Associated Press (AP) in late 2017. Is this a violation of our Second Amendment rights? Seems like the most important amendment these days.  [full article]

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