22 March 2017
A North Las Vegas Democrat has introduced a bill in the Nevada Senate that would allow medical marijuana users to possess a firearm and obtain a carry permit.
As part of a bevy of legislation in the state Senate addressing medical marijuana reform introduced this session, one measure would help to preserve the gun rights of those with a cannabis card.
Sponsored by state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, his bill would update Nevada law with the respect that the holder of a valid medical marijuana registry card would not be deemed to be an “unlawful user of, or addicted to,” a controlled substance solely based on having a card. Current state law bars firearm possession by those so classified and requires a sheriff to automatically deny applications for concealed carry permits to the more than 15,000 residents with a registered medical marijuana card. Under Atkinson’s proposal, this would change.
TEXAS – SAN ANTONIO
San Antonio council members support marijuana cite and release program
Five members of the San Antonio City Council have expressed support for a cite and release program similar to the one enacted in the Houston area earlier this year.
Also supporting such a program is Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood, according to San Antonio Express-News through mySA.com.
“It’s a win-win for everybody if done correctly,” he said. “I’ve supported cite and release since the law changed,” he said, pointing to the 2007 law which allows law enforcement to issue a citation to offenders committing one of six Class A and B misdemeanors, including carrying four ounces or less of marijuana, instead of carting them to jail.