Majority believe patients using medical marijuana should be allowed to own firearms - 761 participants

Aug 08, 2016

The federal Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits anyone using a controlled substance unlawfully from owning a firearm. Currently, 25 states, including New Hampshire, have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, but marijuana is still federally classified as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and therefore falls under Gun Control Act provisions, even if those using it are abiding by state law. On August 8, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should patients using medical marijuana be permitted to own a firearm?”

“Should patients using medical marijuana be permitted to own a firearm?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 81% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 19% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 1,877 responses from 761 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: The majority, at 95% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, believe patients using medical marijuana should be permitted to own a firearm.

  • “Your right to have a firearm should have nothing to do with your medication.”
  • “If you take away that right because someone is using medical marijuana, then it's only time before the second amendment right is taken away for using aspirin.”
  • “How is being a pot smoker any more dangerous than being a drinker with a gun?”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 5%, believe patients using medical marijuana should not be permitted to own a firearm.

  • “Guns are for people [who are] thinking clearly.”
  • “If you’re under the influence of anything, you shouldn't be allowed to own a firearm.”
  • “Just like any psychotropic drug, its effects are never the same with each person. You will never know which person will slip over the edge of reality and cause harm to others as well as themselves.”

Other: As noted above, 19% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Broadening the discussion:  “I wouldn't expect there to be much of a correlation between medical marijuana and gun violence.”
  • Questioning the logic behind the debate: “Not sure how it's any different from any other medication your doctor is prescribing.”
  • Expressing privacy concerns: “I would like to know how the state or federal government would know what medications you are prescribed. What about HIPAA?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes

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