OR High Court: Medical Pot Users Can Get Concealed Gun Permits


Washington County, Or., Sheriff Rob Gordon won’t appeal yesterday’s Oregon Supreme Court ruling that sheriffs may not deny concealed handgun licenses to medical marijuana cardholders simply simply because they use pot, the Oregonian reports. The court said that Gordon and another sheriff wrongly denied concealed handgun permits to four law-abiding medical pot users on the basis that doing so would violate federal law.

The federal Gun Control Act says that an unlawful user of controlled substances can’t own a gun. The sheriffs argued that the federal act trumps Oregon’s 13-year-old medical marijuana law. Gordon says the state legislature should address larger problems within the state’s medical marijuana program, which he said is filled with criminal activity.

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