4

Medical marijuana and guns don't mix if you're looking to buy a new firearm

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Coloradans can use marijuana medicinally and purchase firearms -- but due to conflicts between state and federal laws, they can't do both at the same time. As first reported by the Vail Daily and FaceTheState.com, to buy a new gun in Colorado requires completing a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms disclosure form. One question on that form is this: "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?"

While medical marijuana is considered a lawful use under state law, the same can't be said from a federal perspective -- and the ATF is most definitely a federal bureau.

Medical marijuana users who want to buy a gun could try bluffing, since the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which processes the ATF forms, isn't allowed to compare applicants' responses with the names on the state's MMJ registry. Still, if someone is discovered to have fudged the answers on that form, the bluff could translate to prison time. "Clearly, there's a conflict between state law and federal law on this," CBI spokesman Lance Clem told Face the State.

So what's a medical marijuana patient itching to shoot some elk to do? Hit the classifieds, Face the State suggested, since private firearm deals don't require the same paperwork as sales at gun stores.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana bust in Denver: Rob Corry asks John Hickenlooper to stop prosecution of Lacy Lee."

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.