Title: Maryland Medical Marijuana Users Can’t Get A Gun Permit, But Senate Bill Could Change That
Date: 14 February 2018
Jokingly calling it the “libertarian bill of the year,” Maryland senators heard testimony this week on a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients in the state to get permits to possess and carry handguns, which they are currently not allowed to do.
Under existing law, Maryland State Police can deny anyone a permit to own or carry a gun on the grounds that they are a “habitual” user of the drug. But Senate Bill 602 would clarify that no one could be denied a permit to possess or carry a gun “solely on the basis that the person is authorized to use medical cannabis.”
“Because we have deemed this medicine and said it’s lawful, I don’t think we should take away people’s other lawful rights,” said Sen. Michael Hough (R-Frederick County), one of the bill’s sponsors.