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.

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