Unconstitutional ruling on prohibition on firearms for marijuana users


(MENAFN) On Friday, a federal court ruled that the federal statute preventing marijuana users from having firearms violates the Second Amendment and dropped charges against a man suspected of breaking it.

United States District Judge Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma argued in his decision that while the government had the right to limit gun ownership by "dangerous" individuals, it could not argue that Jared Harrison's "mere status as a user of marijuana justifies stripping him of his fundamental right to possess a firearm." The court emphasized that just consuming the medicine, which is permitted in the state for medicinal reasons, is "not in and of itself a violent, forceful, or threatening act."

In his decision, Wyrick quoted the Supreme Court decision from last year (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen) that strengthened gun rights and criticized the federal ban on gun ownership by cannabis users as "unconstitutionally vague" and "in violation of the Due Process Clause" in addition to being an infringement on Harrison's Second Amendment rights.

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