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Proposed Illinois gun ban for medical marijuana users points to larger issues

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Proposed Illinois gun ban for medical marijuana users points to larger issues

Socially conservative gun owners would do well to consider that the most dangerous and socially destructive abusers are those who are so addicted to power they will not hesitate to usurp more to feed their insatiable cravings, or to attack any who stand in their way.
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Patients obtaining medical marijuana in Illinois will give up their state-recognized right to own guns if a proposal by the Illinois Department of Public Health is approved, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. “The plan outlines how adults who have any of 41 specified medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS or complex regional pain syndrome, may apply to get a patient registry identification card to purchase medical pot,” the report explains.

That means rather than hold substance abusers accountable for harming others while under the influence, sick and vulnerable people in physically weakened conditions will be unable to defend themselves at all times.

The National Rifle Association had no position, deferring to federal law and the courts. But the issue goes beyond Illinois. Colorado, where recreational marijuana is now legal, creates the same condition where people must choose between pot and guns if they wish to remain “legal.”

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