Oregon Marijuana Patients Retain 2nd Amendment Rights

Concealed handgun owners with medical marijuana cards will be allowed to keep their licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear an Oregon sheriff's challenge that asserted U.S. law trumps Oregon law.

Cynthia Willis, a resident of Gold Hill, Ore., had been a long-time concealed hand-gun permit owner. A retired school bus driver, she was looking to renew her concealed handgun permit when the local sheriff who oversees the permitting found out she was also an Oregon Medical Marijuana Patient.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters argued that issuing the license would violate federal law, specifically the Gun Control Act of 1968. That act from 44 years ago specifically forbids anyone who uses or is addicted to a controlled substance from having a firearm.

Local courts found that Winters had no precedent to deny Willis her renewed gun permit license simply because she was a medical marijuana patient. Winters then took the case to an appellate court, where Willis prevailed again. He then Winters took the case all the way to the Oregon Supreme Court. The highest court in Oregon also agreed with the lower courts.

Now, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed the lower court affirmations.

"Just because we're patients doesn't mean we don't have real lifestyles and rights like everyone else," Willis said.

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