NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre feels that the federal code unfairly focuses on marijuana while ignoring other controlled substances.
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Colorado Representative Jared Polis introduced a bill last month that would reinstate the right of medicinal marijuana users to legally purchase and possess firearms, a right which has been expressly denied by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for nearly two years.
In September 2011 the ATF released a memo “to provide guidance on the issue” of “marijuana for medicinal purposes and its applicability to Federal firearms laws.”
Assistant Director for Enforcement Programs and Services, Arthur Herbert explained in the memo that federal code prohibits anyone from possessing firearms who is “an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.”