It’s a sticky subject (sorry for the bad pun), but the legalization of cannabis is causing some headaches for lawmakers and gun owners who say that current federal law makes them choose between their Second Amendment rights, and the medical marijuana they use to treat their ailments.
Pennsylvania officials have been wrestling with this issue for months now, and WESA in Pittsburgh recently ran a good story on how the conflict between federal law and state law is playing out in the lives of individual Pennsylvanians.
Nancy Black has a host of health problems, including arthritis, fibromyalgia and asthma, and she used to have to take opioids every 12 hours for her pain. However, in 2018 she decided to stop taking her medication, which included OxyContin, and to use medical marijuana instead.
“There’s no easy days when you have [those] kind of [health problems], but I’m taking something safer now, and I feel better,” Black said.
Black is 72 years old, and said her grandson, Shane Murphy, would plead for her to try to use marijuana for her pain.
“I said no because it was illegal and I was a role model,” she said. “Well, it’s legal now and I’m still a role model.”
After getting a medical marijuana card last year, she’s the one advocating for cannabis use and full legalization.
“I just think it’s funny because back in the day I used to be like ‘this is [cannabis strain] White Widow, this is a Sativa, and she’d be like, ‘okay,’” Murphy said. “Now she walks in the dispensary, ‘this is White Widow, this is…’ it’s just funny to see where things are now.”
And now, it’s Black who is pushing for Murphy to get his own medical marijuana card. But he refuses to because it would mean he would lose the right to own guns.
“That’s the only reason I don’t have a medical card is simply because I’m not willing to give up my concealed carry,” he said.