The New Hampshire Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) recently came out with voter suggestions for candidates and their choices further prove their anti-2nd Amendment stance. MPP in New Hampshire pushed for medical marijuana laws to be passed and intentionally neglected to alert supporters that they would lose their 2nd Amendment rights if they were to receive a medical marijuana card.
Medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. No matter what state law is passed legalizing any form of marijuana, the federal government still maintains law and order at the federal level. This means they can indeed arrest users of marijuana regardless of state laws.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms made it quite clear in a 2011 directive that medical marijuana users were prohibited persons when it comes to possessing and purchasing firearms and ammunition. From a previous article at Political Buzz:
The ATF sent a letter to federally licensed firearms dealers back in 2011 to clarify the laws:
Therefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
A federal court upheld their directive recently that medical marijuana cardholders have no 2nd Amendment rights. From Guns.com:
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday held that refusing gun sales to otherwise law-abiding cannabis patients does not violate their Second Amendment rights.
Since 2000, the state of Nevada has granted marijuana registration cards exempting those who hold them from state prosecution for marijuana-related crimes. In May 2011, S. Rowan Wilson was issued such a card by the state. Five months later, Wilson tried to purchase a firearm at a dealer in Moundhouse, Nevada, but was refused over Question 11.e on her ATF Form 4473, which asks if the purchaser is an unlawful user of a controlled substance. The gunshop owner knew Wilson to be a card holder and in accordance with federal policies that refuse to recognize state marijuana cards as an exception to regulations against the drug, the firearms dealer refused the sale.
This led Wilson to file suit in U.S. District Court against the government on First, Second and Fifth Amendment grounds, which was dismissed in March 2014.
This week an appeals court upheld affirmed that decision.
Clearly, the Marijuana Policy Project is a single-issue organization and as with most organizations of this type they don’t pay attention to other issues. The problem is that Granite Staters do pay attention to multiple issues. Many were completely duped by the medical marijuana laws when they discovered they’d lose their 2nd Amendment rights.
Veterans who actually need medical marijuana were coaxed into supporting a law the turned them into prohibited persons. Why? Because the Marijuana Policy Project intentionally neglected to let the legislature and its supporters about the potential ramifications.
All laws that are considered by the legislature should have all potential issues related to that law put on the table. Constituents of lawmakers should be informed of anything that could possibly hurt them because of new laws. Lobbyist organizations like MPP should inform legislators of these issues and do what they can to minimize the pain that could be felt by the people these laws affect. Many in the 2nd Amendment community believe this is another backdoor form of gun control and marijuana organizations are complicit in helping the federal government succeed at this.
Unfortunately, they are continuing to push their anti-2nd Amendment stance with some of the candidates they support. A prime example is for Senate District 23. They support Democrat Alexis Simpson who voted against ridding the state of the racist and discriminatory laws regarding pistol/revolver licensing, who is also a gun control proponent. They support her over Republican Bill Gannon because he is against legalizing marijuana. The same guy who is absolutely pro-2nd Amendment and has the votes to prove it.
Again, MPP is a single-issue organization. However, they have an obligation to be honest to legislators and supporters about the potential ramifications of the policies they are pushing. At least educate people so they can make informed choices. When they pushed medical marijuana, they informed no one yet they knew the truth. You can’t pretend to be for “freedom” if the laws you are pushing actually take away other freedoms from the people you are supposedly trying to help.
Cross posted from NH Political Buzz