If you are being treated for a debilitating medical condition such as cancer, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, or chronic pain you may be eligible to obtain a medical marijuana card. This card allows you to legally purchase and carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.
You essentially have to choose one or the other. Having a Connecticut Medical Marijuana card effectively prohibits you from obtaining a Connecticut Pistol Permit because marijuana’s status as a schedule one drug.
A Connecticut Pistol Permit allows you to buy and carry firearms. This process is significantly more complex than obtaining a medical marijuana card. First you must apply to your local police department for a temporary permit. Then, you have to apply to the Connecticut State Police for a permit. After passing through the various background checks, you may be awarded a Pistol Permit.
Connecticut has decriminalized small amounts of marijuana. If you have more than ½ ounce of marijuana and you do not have a medical marijuana card, you can be arrested. To find out more about possession of marijuana crimes, click here.
No. Under Federal law, marijuana is still considered to be a Schedule One controlled substance. That means it is considered to have a high potential for abuse. So, despite Connecticut decriminalizing small amounts and making medical marijuana legal, federal law still outright bans it. Click here to learn more about fighting Connecticut marijuana possession arrests, including possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who is an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” [to] “possess . . . or receive any firearm or ammunition.” It is also illegal for anyone to sell a firearm to someone they believe is unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance. Since marijuana is considered a controlled substance, it is illegal for you to possess firearms. So even if you obtain your Connecticut permit, you will not be allowed to use it to purchase or carry firearms.
Don’t let the government bully you into choosing between your rights. If you are a medical marijuana user and you have been denied a pistol permit, you need to contact a top Connecticut Pistol Permit attorney today. Read from our hundreds of certified Avvo.com reviews. Then, give us a call.