This probably won’t come as a shock to anyone, but on September 21st, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive issued a reminder letter to law enforcement across the country stating that even if you live in a state that has approved the use of medical marijuana, the substance is still illegal, and that using it disqualifies you from buying legal firearms.

How would anyone know? Aren’t MMJ user records supposed to be private? Technically, the medical records are confidential, but the application for a gun permit requires that you state whether or not you use MMJ, and those who are honest about it are immediately barred from buying guns.

A recent story in the Denver Post referred to the application question as another attack on state medical marijuana programs, and frankly I think they were being kind in that wording.

Whatever your position on gun control, asking such a question seems a serious breech of privacy.

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