Much of the anti pot prohibition has been centered on the principle that some of our most basic rights as humans were being taken away. Namely the rights to plant our own plants to medicinally treat ourselves. Outlawing a plant seems about as innately against nature as anything someone could imagine. That being said there is another right that lots of Americans hold as dear, if not more, as their ability to grow their cannabis. That right of course, is the second amendment’s right to bear arms to protect ourselves. However, some cannabis patient gun owners have had that right threatened. This has been an issue in multiple states over the last couple decades, but it’s most recently come up in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago is still very new to their medical marijuana program, that might arguably be the most strictly government controlled program in the country. Their first dispensaries just opened late this year and they are still quite modest setups. Despite that, it’s been two years since Illinois decided that medical cannabis users would not be in jeopardy of forfeiting their second amendment rights. But before Illinois gun owners could get too comfortable there have been some rather disturbing, “mistakes” happening around the state involving gun owning patients. Several patients actually received a letter from the police informing them that their firearm cards are being revoked. Illinois claims that this mistake only made it out to a handful of people, but it’s curious that any made it all. Chicago specifically has often been a focus for gun activists because for many years it was in violation of the second amendment and had a staggering rate of gun violence.
Some of the Illinois patients are still waiting for their FOID cards to return to their active state and have been denied at local gun dealers. Another troubling, “mistake” that Illinois police department has made appeared on their website. One of the firearm owner’s checklists on their page included the statement, “I am not a medical marijuana patient registry card holder.” This too has been rectified, but it seems clear that these slip ups are indicative of how authorities in Illinois are thinking about this subject. As medical marijuana is legalized in more states, expect to see more news about its dynamic with gun owning. Many other states have had big court cases already over the issue, in places like Oregon and Colorado.