On Wednesday afternoon, Colorado Senators will discuss a bill aimed at restoring gun and privacy rights to the state’s 86,000-plus registered medical cannabis patients. Since Colorado became the first state to legalize adult-use cannabis, it has barred many marijuana consumers from obtaining firearm permits. The issue has sharply divided gun rights advocates, prompting several failed campaigns to change the state’s policy on cannabis use and gun ownership.
Now, Colorado lawmakers want to give medical marijuana users access to guns again. And the bill that would restore those rights would also prevent sheriffs—the group that most supports the gun ban on cannabis users—from using the medical marijuana registry during background checks.
Bi-Partisan Bill Aims to Restore Gun Rights to Colorado Medical Marijuana Patients
Since Colorado legalized cannabis in 2012, gun owners have faced a tough ultimatum from local sheriffs: give up your green, or give up your gun. Depending on what county you live in, the application for a firearm permit or a concealed carry permit asks whether the applicant uses marijuana or any other illegal substance. Answer yes, and chances are your permit will be denied.
In Colorado, county sheriffs have the final say on issuing, denying, or revoking concealed