There’s no doubt that the idea of making marijuana legal is controversial in many states. Even after states like Colorado, Oregon, and California have made it legal to smoke recreationally, not everyone is happy with the decision.
However, not every state is adopting this stance on marijuana. After all, many other states, such as Delaware, Florida and Georgia, only permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. And Arkansas falls right in line with this line of thinking.
However, despite its allowance for medicinal marijuana, the state of Arkansas is about to receive a whole lot more controversy than it may have been expecting. According to Bearing Arms:
Cancer patients. People living with HIV/AIDS, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, severe arthritis, and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
These don’t seem like a group of miscreants, do they?
Well, in the state of Arkansas – they are.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, you can’t have both a medical marijuana card and legally own a firearm. Why? Because pot is illegal on the federal level.
Robert Reed, a Navy Veteran who served his country for 16 years, suffers PTSD along medical conditions which medical marijuana would help.Reed said, “I will not apply for a med license, and risk my livelihood and my safety.”The Arkansas Department of Health said a question they get all the time is whether or not you can own a gun and possess a medical marijuana ID card. Since prescription pot is a Schedule 1 controlled substance, under federal law, you can’t own a gun legally. And federal law supersedes state law.“If they’re a user of marijuana, although legal in Arkansas, it’s still illegal on the federal level,” explained Robert Brech with Arkansas Department of Health. “It’s very clear you cannot be a marijuana user and pass that check.”
Reed and other veterans who fought for Constitutional rights will not apply for their medical marijuana cards due to putting the freedom they fought for at risk.“You’ve got a law that outlaws the people that defended your right to make a law that puts me in jail,” said Reed.