Colorado –-(Ammoland.com)- As you know, Colorado has recently legalized the purchase and possession of marijuana for recreational use.
For many years, Colorado has had legal medical marijuana for those who provided an MMJ card verifying that they had a prescription from a doctor. Those who did procure that MMJ card were reminded by the ATF that they were no longer allowed to purchase or possess firearms.
Furthermore, some counties in Colorado added a question to their concealed carry application asking applicants specifically about their use of marijuana. Having a valid MMJ card would prevent someone from obtaining a CHL, because their status as an MMJ card holder was easily verifiable.
Now there is a group in Colorado, the Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights that is putting forth a ballot initiative that would remove the ban on CHL permits for Marijuana users. They would need 86,000 signatures to send the question to voters and are working toward having this added to the November 2016 ballot.
When considering this, is there a difference between a gun owner that enjoys alcohol vs a gun owner that enjoys marijuana? After all, being intoxicated while carrying a firearm is already illegal, regardless of intoxicant and this repeal would not make it legal to be intoxicated and carry a firearm. It would simply allow users of marijuana to legally carry a firearm, just as users of alcohol can carry a firearm.
Here is the proposed text of the ballot initiative that can be found at: http://coequalgunrights.org/about/proposed-text/
SECTION 1. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 18-12-203, amend (1) (c) and (1) (f) as follows:
18-12-203. Criteria for obtaining a permit. (1) Beginning May 17, 2003, except as otherwise provided in this section, a sheriff shall issue a permit to carry a concealed handgun to an applicant who:
(c) Is not ineligible to possess a firearm pursuant to section 18-12-108; or federal law;
(f) Is not an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance as defined in section 18-18-102 (5), EXCEPT THAT A SHERIFF SHALL NOT USE A PERMIT APPLICANT’S LAWFUL USE OF MARIJUANA PURSUANT TO SECTION 14 OR 16 OF ARTICLE XVIII OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION AS A BASIS FOR DENYING THE APPLICANT A PERMIT. Whether an applicant is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance shall be determined as provided in federal STATE law and regulations.
What are your thoughts on this? If this came up on the November 2016 ballot, how would you vote?
For more perspective on this, here is a Washington Times article from December: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/12/colo-gun-group-concealed-carry-marijuana-users/
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