According to a KSTP-5 report, Rod Hamilton, Minnesota Republican state Representative has launched a proposal that reclassifies medical marijuana within the State as Schedule 2 controlled substance in a move to permit patients to carry and keep their firearms lawfully under state law.
According to state law, medical marijuana patients have no right to own a firearm as marijuana is categorized under the Schedule I CSA controlled substance Act. State background firearm check forms entail a query concerning marijuana use and staff can use federal databases to ascertain whether an individual who wants to purchase a gun is also a licensed patient in the medicinal marijuana program.
Rod has several sclerosis and is licensed under Minnesota’s medicinal marijuana program. He said that he couldn’t renew his firearm permit to own a gun or use it for hunting, thanks to state law.
Based on the report, Minnesota has 43,000 registered cannabis patients.
Last year, his efforts to enact the bills were stalled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he expects the reform will have public comment and committee hearings this year.
He disclosed a letter from America’s Justice Department Bureau of Tobacco, Explosives, Alcohol and Firearms that read that there are zero exceptions in state law for cannabis used for medicinal reasons, even in cases where consumption is authorized by Federal law.
Hamilton is yet to introduce a reform for the current session; however, 2020’s initiative entailed 6 Republican co-sponsors. Rod asserted that if Minnesota legislators implement medical marijuana, it would still be against state law. He said that Minnesota should join other states such as Oklahoma to capture Congress’s attention in Washington, D.C. He added that nobody in the medicinal marijuana program wants to infringe the law.
McClellan Patrick is also a licensed medical cannabis patient. Like Hamilton, he couldn’t renew his gun possession license since he’s registered under the marijuana program.