Nevada Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana Patients to Possess Firearms
Legislation to allow medical marijuana patients to legally possess firearms has been introduced in Nevada.
Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D) of Las Vegas introduced Senate Bill 351 yesterday, which would allow medical marijuana patients to possess firearms and a conceal and carry permit. Under current law sheriffs are required to deny a weapons permit if someone is a medical marijuana card holder; if a someone with a firearm permit becomes a medical marijuana patient after receiving the permit, sheriffs currently have the ability to revoke the permit.
Below is the official Legislative Counsel’s Digest of Senate Bill 351:
Existing law prohibits a person from owning or having in his or her possession or under his or her custody or control any firearm if the person is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance. (NRS 202.360)
Section 1 of this bill provides that a person who holds a valid registry identification card shall not be deemed to be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance solely because he or she engages in the medical use of marijuana. Existing law requires a sheriff to deny an application for a permit to carry a concealed firearm or revoke an existing permit in certain circumstances, including if the applicant or permittee has habitually used intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired. (NRS10202.3657)
Section 2 of this bill provides that a person who holds a valid registry identification card shall not be deemed to have habitually used a controlled substance to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired solely because he or she engages in the medical use of marijuana
Senate Bill 351 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can find the full text of the measure by clicking here.