Marijuana and guns don't mix according to the federal government, which prohibits cannabis consumers from possessing firearms. But proponents of the right to bear arms and cannabis legalization just got support from an unlikely source: Donald Trump, Jr. - the eldest son of the Republican presidential nominee - recently spoke out against the ban.
The law in question is the Gun Control Act of 1968, which says Americans are not allowed to possess guns if they use cannabis for any reason - medically or recreationally. The act reads, "It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person...is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act."
Since marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug in the CSA, cannabis aficionados are barred from bearing arms.
The obscure law made headlines last week when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban, which a Nevada woman had challenged as a violation of the Second Amendment. The judges disagreed.
“It is beyond dispute that illegal drug users, including marijuana users, are likely as a consequence of that use to experience altered or impaired mental states that affect their judgment and that can lead to irrational or unpredictable behavior,” the court said in its unanimous ruling.
But the decision was met with dissent from Donald Trump, Jr., who went on Twitter to criticize the court of hypocrisy.
What about those taking other prescription medications? Where's the line? Just another chip off the block of Liberty https://t.co/ishv7PA0qe— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 31, 2016
As always, his statement courted mixed reactions from the Twittersphere. Here are some of the best responses to the unlikely cannabis advocate.
Some agreed wholeheartedly with Trump Jr.'s position.
Others liked his point but didn't want their support misconstrued as an endorsement of Trump Sr.'s views.
Am not yet supporting your father, but I really appreciate you commenting on this. It is very creepy & wrong. WE THANK YOU!— Anthony Antelmann (@AAntelmann22) September 5, 2016
One person worried that Trump's point might backfire by inspiring prohibitionists to ban everyone with a prescription from possessing firearms.
A few worried that a ban on gun-owning drinkers could be next.
Next a ban on all alcoholics from purchasing a gun.That now also would not be a violation of the 2nd amendment per this.— bigfish (@TakeAdayOFF) August 31, 2016
One saw the 1968 law as a gateway to oppressive censorship laws.
@AP— ❌ShadowBanned Deplorable (@TerrificTom777) September 1, 2016
When the Courts decide that some words hurt TOO MUCH it'll be OK to ban them.
Your Rights End Where My Feelings Begin.
Another thought vitamin users would be targeted next - by (alleged B12 hater?) Hillary Clinton.
This tweeter nuanced the discussion by noting that marijuana prohibition was enshrined in firearms records.
Not new, Federal Gov doesn't recognize Marijuana as legal yet. It's already on the ATF Form 4473. pic.twitter.com/FhEzbXctC0— III%🇺🇸 Pay Me $1 (@tattedfor) August 31, 2016
Meanwhile, this person tried to draw parallels between Trump, Jr. with Patrick Bateman from American Psycho.
I don't mind when you run around the halls naked wielding a chainsaw just give some notice, I'll close my drapes— Wren Nance (@mWren915) September 1, 2016
One commenter liked the idea of the ban but thought it should apply to cars instead of guns.
@AP why guns? How about taking their drivers license away. Cars kill more than guns. All we need is common sense.— Linda Lenkerd (@LenkerdL) September 1, 2016
But another felt the conversation should turn to legalization in general.
And of course one person saw this as a sign of the apocalypse.
@AP they are looking for anything! This is such bullshit! Hillary needs to be stopped now! she is the antiChrist!!!!— Brandi (@BrandiceAnn) August 31, 2016