If legislators in the U.S. Congress can come to an agreement regarding the passage of a stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government from shutting down, the extension will likely include provisions that prevents the Justice Department from going after medical marijuana patients and providers who are in accordance with their state laws.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that many people who hold authority in the United States have some rather bizarre views when it comes to marijuana. Many politicians and military brass will tell you that marijuana is a dangerous drug and they are worried about veterans using it to treat their ailments, and they’ll tell you this with a straight face.
The issue of medical marijuana and gun rights has been in the news a lot lately, especially since a federal appeals court upheld a ban on gun sales to those who legally use medical cannabis late last summer.
Since marijuana is a banned substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act, it was ruled that anyone with a medical marijuana card was admitting to the use of cannabis for medical reasons and therefore breaking federal law and therefore lost their right to purchase a firearm.
Of the roughly 16,000 doctors who treat patients in Maryland only 172 of them have registered to be able to recommend medical marijuana to their patients under Maryland’s medical cannabis law.
As can be imagined, if that number stays the same it will mean that many patients who need medical marijuana in Maryland will not be able to get access to it.
There have been many stories in the news over the last few years about U.S. veterans using marijuana to help alleviate the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other ailments. Yet access to medical marijuana for veterans is hard to come by and the federal government has been no help.
But one organization is doing everything they can to make sure our veterans have access to the amazing abilities of the cannabis plant, “Grow for Vets California.”