MN Rep Seeks Changes for Medical
Cannabis Users to Get Gun Permits

By Jay Kolls. February 7, 2021

Minnesota legalized the use of medical cannabis with a physician's prescription, but it is still listed as a Schedule 1 drug by the state and federal government, putting it on the same level as illicit narcotics such as heroin and LSD.

That has some legal ramifications for gun owners among the 43,000 people registered in the state's medical cannabis program.

State Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, has multiple sclerosis and is registered in the state's medical cannabis program. Hamilton told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he cannot renew his permit to carry a gun or legally use a firearm to hunt in Minnesota because the state and the federal government still list medical cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug.

"The bill I am proposing would make medical cannabis a Schedule 2 drug — legal with a prescription but yet allowing you to renew your permit to carry and hunt with a firearm if you so choose," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said if Minnesota lawmakers make that change it would still contradict federal law. .....

"How is it acceptable that a grandfather can't go hunting with his grandkids?" McClellan said. "Or, how is it that a disabled person cannot protect themselves in their own home just because they use medical cannabis instead of opioid pain killers? It is unacceptable."


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