Fox News U.S. reports on a rejected appeal filed by a medical marijuana cardholder wanting to buy a firearm.
Medical marijuana cardholder can’t buy a gun because of cannabis and aggression?
- Rowan Wilson filled a lawsuit in Nevada after she was not allowed to buy a gun under federal rule because she was using an illegal drug. It was decided that the ruling does not violate the 2nd Amendment, as federal government bans sales of guns to medical marijuana cardholders.
Cannabis is still illegal under federal law, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives made it clear to gun sellers that they can assume anyone holding a medical marijuana card uses the drug.
The ban on selling firearms to marijuana users is reasonable, because of the risk of irrational and unpredictable actions which the use of guns should not be associated with, said Senior District Judge Rakoff.
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Violence linked to alcohol not marijuana
Many may find this ruling strange, since violent actions are more likely to be linked to legal alcohol use. A study done by University of Tennessee, Knoxville showed alcohol use is more likely to lead to domestic violence than marijuana use, as most would have guessed. The study focuses on preventing violence related to alcohol abuse.
It has been known for decades that intimate partner violence (IPV), and alcohol goes hand in hand, but studies on marijuana are scarce, not only because marijuana is illegal, but because of incidents of violence reported where marijuana was solely involved, are extremely rare.
Nevertheless, with marijuana being legalized in many states the matter of cannabis and aggression is getting some attention. A few recent studies examined the relationship between alcohol and marijuana linked to IPV.
A study conducted over 90 days found that men were more likely to engage in IPV under the influence of alcohol rather than marijuana. Women were also more likely to be physically and psychologically aggressive when using alcohol, but unlike men, they were more psychologically aggressive while using weed.
Psychology professor at UTK, Gregory Stuart, has reservations on the findings, saying it is too early to make definite conclusions, as the research findings must still be confirmed by further studies. However, we do have substantial studies suggesting alcohol use increase the odds in IPV.
Cannabis does not make people violent
Alcohol and cannabis both act as stimulants and depressants, elevating moods to a higher state of arousal, but slowing down metabolic processes and cognitive functioning in ratio to the amount consumed. Research found men became increasingly abusive on days they consumed alcohol, and the odds got higher with every drink.
The likelihood of psychological abuse increased on days when more than five drinks were consumed. The use of marijuana didn’t make either gender more violent.
The news statement on the study by Ryan Shorey, psychology doctoral student, said their findings would strongly suggest targeting alcohol reduction to prevent violent incidents, but surprisingly, current programs largely ignore alcohol use, and as we have seen, you can be a drinker, and still be allowed to buy a gun.
Another recent study published in Psychopharmacology investigated: “the acute effects of alcohol and cannabis on subjective aggression in alcohol and cannabis users.” Results confirmed the suspicions: alcohol enhances aggression in heavy drinkers, while aggression diminishes in regular cannabis users.
Cannabis and aggression
It seems we can be certain that the likelihood of someone on medical cannabis taking up a gun and shooting randomly is less than when people use alcohol. In other words, the chance that you will be an irresponsible gun owner when using medical marijuana is extremely slim. Since Federal government accepts individual states’ rights to allow for medical cannabis use, it is remarkable that those who use cannabis legally ae nevertheless not allowed to buy firearms.