Weed that will soon be sold legally as medicine in Ohio could end up in the federal government’s crosshairs, especially for patients who own a gun or want to buy one.
“These are people who have feared prosecution for using marijuana to deal with their medical condition and thought they were going to have a sense of relief now that this law’s passed,” attorney Bill Gallagher said. “Now they may have an anxiety on a completely different level.”
Marijuana is illegal on the federal level. So possessing it in Ohio, even for medical purposes, is a violation of federal gun laws.
“We’re 25 years into medical marijuana, and this is the first time that anybody’s really brought up the guns versus illegal drugs, federal controversy,” E.R. Beach said.
Beach makes a living selling marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, at Hemptations. He’s also a gun owner.
Federal laws dealing with marijuana have long been a cloud over what some consider an exploding marijuana marketplace in multiple states. But Beach said since California first legalized medical marijuana