In Missouri, lawmakers are facing off with the question of whether or not medical cannabis patients should retain the right to bear arms and the right to privacy, once they’ve applied for a medical cannabis license.
On February 24, Republican Representative Nick Schroer argued the case for a bill that would protect anonymity and Second Amendment rights of medical cannabis patients at the House Downsizing State Government Committee.
The bill in question, House Bill 501, would block all state agencies from sharing information about people who have applied for or obtained a medical cannabis license, The Columbian Missourian reports. More importantly, it would also protect gun rights. As the federal government still considers cannabis to be a Schedule 1 drug, federal law also prohibits cannabis consumers from owning firearms—thus becoming the main focus of Shroer.
“When we look at the states that have passed either medical marijuana or legalized marijuana, the federal government has not come in and stripped individuals of their Second Amendment rights, that I know of,” Schroer said at the meeting. “The selective enforcement by the feds irks many of us here in this body, but I think this, in the most simplistic terms, is just a way that we can put a wall around the federal government from coming in and doing that, if they choose to.”
Other Republicans in the committee agreed. “I would hate for law enforcement to enforce that—for those people to be caught up in a situation where they would lose their [Second Amendment] rights and they would lose their medical marijuana card,” said Representative Jered Taylor.
The bill appears to have garnered support in the Downsizing State Government Committee during its initial hearing. As of now, the state’s medical cannabis program has not quite yet begun to flourish.
Meanwhile, Missouri’s recreational cannabis bill that was filed a few months ago, House Joint Resolution No. 30 would allow adults ages 21 and older to consume cannabis, and it would include provisions for criminal justice reform.