A Richland medical marijuana patient recently applied for a Concealed Pistol License, but was denied by police.
RICHLAND, WA - A Richland medical marijuana patient recently applied for a Concealed Pistol License, but was denied by police.
Medical marijuana is legal under Washington state law, but the federal government won't make an exception for that when it comes to getting a Concealed Pistol License.
Richland police sent the medical marijuana patient a letter stating that federal law prohibits anyone who uses a controlled substance from "shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition."
And even if marijuana is legal here, it's still illegal at the federal level.
When anyone applies for a concealed weapons permit with Richland police, they have to follow these federal restrictions.
The woman who was denied the license wants to remain anonymous.
"It is hard enough to be judged as a patient, but then to have my Second Amendment rights messed with, that was shocking and incredibly upsetting," said the medical marijuana patient denied the license.
This patient says she uses the drug for chronic pain and uses products that don't make her high.
She says this license denial makes her feel like she's being treated like a criminal and not a legal patient and citizen.
She says she hopes a compromise between the state and federal laws can be reached.