Regardless of your stance on medical marijuana, there is little doubt it is being used as a gun grab issue. It has happened in Hawaii, as we reported HERE Now it looks as if Pennsylvania is trying the same strong arm efforts to deny people their Second Amendment rights.
Pennsylvania State Police are telling everyone with both a firearm and a medical marijuana card to prepare to find a way to “dispose” of their guns. (CBS Pittsburgh)
Pennsylvania State Police officials are stirring up protest among Pennsylvania gun-owners who are also potential medical marijuana patients.
“It disturbs me greatly to see the Pennsylvania State Police put on their website references to federal law while ignoring the fact that it is legal under Pennsylvania law,” says Patrick Nightingale of Greenfield.
Nightingale is a gun owner, a criminal defense attorney, and a recent applicant for a medical marijuana card.
Not true, says Nightingale.
“Firearms are woven into the fabric of our country. It’s the second most important right in the Bill of Rights,” the attorney says.
Here’s the issue.
Under Pennsylvania state law, medical marijuana is legal and is no bar to gun ownership.
But under federal law, it’s illegal and could keep you from owning a firearm.
So the question is — will Pennsylvania state authorities, including the State Police, enforce the federal law over the state law?
“The Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, or any of the local law enforcement departments throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have absolutely no jurisdiction to enforce federal law,” says Nightingale.
Nightingale wants Governor Wolf, Attorney General Shapiro, and the State Police to clarify the situation immediately.
But so far no one is saying whether that will happen.