Medical marijuana advocate Kathleen Chippi tipped us off that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a clarification on Sept. 21, on the issue of MMJ patients possessing firearms.
And, as written by assistant director of enforcement programs and services Arthur Herbert, the bureau's not a big fan. Titled "Open Letter to All Federal Firearms Licensees," the letter states:
"Therefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition," Herbert writes.
"Further, if you are aware that the potential transferee is in possession of a card authorizing the possession and use of marijuana under State law, then you have 'reasonable cause to believe' that the person is an unlawful user of a controlled substance."
Coloradans being who they are (read: gun nuts) it should be interesting to see how this is received. We'll ask around, and bring you more in the coming weeks.