Maryland Senate Passes Bill to Protect Second Amendment Rights of Medical Marijuana Users
Not all news about the Second Amendment is bad. On the contrary, in the very blue state of Maryland, the Senate has passed legislation that would stop state police from infringing on the Second Amendment rights of medical marijuana users.
According to the Tenth Amendment Center’s Mike Maharrey:
Sen. Michael Hough (R) introduced Senate Bill 190 (SB190) on Jan. 13. Under the proposed law, a person could not be denied the right to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that they are authorized to use medical cannabis.
On March 12, the Senate passed SB190 by a 45-0 vote.
The Maryland State Police oversee gun registration and ownership in the state and they ask prospective gun buyers if they have a medical marijuana card. Buyers must allow the state health department to disclose whether they have applied for a card. MSP can block a gun purchase based on an individual’s participation in the state’s legal medical marijuana program.
Passage of SB190 would put that to an end.
A similar bill passed the Senate in both 2019 and 2020, but it failed to move forward in the Maryland House.
A small step toward rational policy at the state level. More like this, please.
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