Missouri lawmakers are faced with the question of whether patients with medical cannabis should retain the right to guns and privacy once they have applied for a medical cannabis license.
On February 24, Republican Representative Nick Schroer spoke out on the House Downsizing State Government Committee for a bill to protect the anonymity and rights of medical cannabis patients under the Second Amendment.
The bill in question, House bill 501would prevent all government agencies from disclosing information about people who have applied for or obtained a medical cannabis license, The Colombian Missourian Reports. More importantly, it would also protect gun rights. Since the federal government continues to view cannabis as a List 1 drug, federal law also prohibits cannabis users from owning firearms – making Shroer’s focus.
“If we look at the states that have passed either medical marijuana or legalized marijuana, the federal government has not come in and has deprived individuals of the second amendment rights I know about,” Schroer said at the meeting. “The selective enforcement by the government annoys many of us here on this body, but I think this is, in the simplest sense, just one way we can stop the federal government from stepping in and doing it if they choose to.”
Other Republicans on the committee agreed. “I would hate it if law enforcement pushed this through – if these people were caught in a situation where they would lose theirs [Second Amendment] Rights and they would lose their medical marijuana card, ”said Representative Jered Taylor.
The bill appears to have gained support during its first hearing in the Downsizing State Government Committee. As of now the state is medical cannabis program hasn’t quite started to thrive yet.
Meanwhile, Missouri’s Recreational Cannabis Act, filed a few months ago, was House joint resolution No. 30 would allow adults 21 and older to use cannabis and it would include provisions for criminal justice reform.