Federal government, not state, threatening gun rights of legal medical marijuana patients

CARMICHAELS, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today issued the following statement after fielding constituent inquiries regarding protecting legal medical marijuana patients who are gun owners or who would like to be gun owners:

“I believe the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvanians lawfully gaining medical cannabis prescriptions or accorded Safe Harbor permission to possess medical cannabis should not be infringed by outdated federal statutes that should be overhauled with responsible, up-to-date guidelines.

“A recent court ruling and directives from the U.S. Attorney General are regrettable, and must not be allowed to impinge on the rights of states that are guaranteed by the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“I will work steadfastly to address these issues, armed with the overwhelming bipartisan support of state lawmakers and officials, to protect Second Amendment rights as Pennsylvania implements its medical marijuana program.

“The draconian fines and prison terms that legal medical marijuana users owning guns could face by leaving enforcement issues to the discretion of myriad bureaucrats must not stand. I will be at the forefront of efforts to urge legislators in Washington D.C., to update our federal laws to reflect current medical advancements.”