Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ATF Form 4473 and Medical Marijuana

On September 21, 2011 the BATFE issued an open letter to all Federal Firearms Licensees.  It essentially states that anyone who lives in a state that recognizes medical marijuana use and who holds a "card" is an "...unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance...".

While individual states have decided to recognize the medicinal value of marijuana, the fact is that it's still a Class I controlled substance according to the Controlled Substances Act.  Class I drugs have a high probability of abuse and have no medicinal use according to the CSA and are, therefore, illegal.

When answering the questions on the 4473, anyone holding a red or MMJ card is required to answer "yes" to question 11.e.  The transaction stops right then and there.

According to the open letter, people who hold a "card" may not purchase nor possess firearms or ammunition.

Whether right or wrong, that's the way it is.


Momma Fargo said...

I agree. It's still a narcotic and classified by the feds as such. Still illegal in our state. And we love to bust the medical marijuana card holders. It's good dope...if that is an expression. Anymaryjane, ridiculous. I feel like our country is dumbing down. What a joke. Ok. Is that enough raging from the Popo?

Steven said...

I read the letter and it states that people who has the card may not possess guns or any ammunition.

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