South Dakota House Passes Bills Requiring Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Warn About Federal Gun Ban

Federal Gun Ban: What Every Cannabis Enthusiast Should Know

Hey there, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! Today, we’re going to dive into a topic that might surprise you – the federal ban for medical marijuana users. Now, I know we usually talk about all things weed-related, but this is an important issue that affects many of us, so let’s break it down in a way that’s easy to understand.

The Basics of the Federal Gun Ban

Alright, let’s get right into it. You see, there’s this federal law that prohibits certain individuals who use or are addicted to marijuana from possessing firearms. It’s not something most people are aware of, but it’s been causing quite a stir lately. So, what’s the deal with the South Dakota House?

So, what’s the deal with the South Dakota House? Well, the South Dakota House of Representatives recently passed a couple of that aim to remind medical marijuana patients about this federal gun ban. The first requires notices about the policy to be included on cannabis patient applications. And the second one demands that post these notices at their entrances and registers.

Why the Fuss?

You might be wondering why all the fuss about reminding people of this law. Well, it turns out that many folks, even those in the , are completely unaware of its existence. That’s where these bills come into play.

Dispensaries Face Fines for Non-Compliance

The second bill, in particular, has caused a bit of controversy. Some argue that it puts an unnecessary burden on dispensaries. However, the sponsor of the bills, Rep. Kevin Jensen, insists that it won’t cost the dispensaries a dime. They’d only face a $250 per day fine for not complying, which is actually half of what federal regulators impose on stores that fail to post tobacco-related notices.

Who’s Enforcing This?

Now, you might be wondering who’s going to enforce this policy and collect those fines. Well, it’s going to be the Department of Health, as part of their routine inspections. So, dispensaries better be ready to have those notices up.

What Do the Notices Say?

The sign that South Dakota medical cannabis dispensaries would need to post reads: “WARNING: Federal law prohibits the possession of a firearm by certain individuals who are users of or addicted to marijuana. See 18 U.S.C. § 922(g).” This notice is a crucial reminder for cannabis patients who also happen to be gun owners.

The Catch

But here’s the catch – the legislation would be suspended if the certifies that “federal law no longer prohibits the possession of a firearm by certain individuals who are users of or addicted to marijuana.” So, there’s a glimmer of hope there.

The Justice Department’s Take

The Justice Department has been pretty adamant about defending this ban in various federal courts. They argue that people who use marijuana and own guns pose a unique danger. They even compared it to allowing people with serious mental illness to own firearms. It’s a controversial stance, to say the least.

Mixed Court Rulings

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. While the federal government insists on this ban, several federal courts have deemed it unconstitutional. In fact, there have been rulings that found the ban unconstitutional, even for those who use marijuana for non-medical reasons.

What’s Happening in Congress?

Meanwhile, in Congress, there’s been some action on the gun and marijuana policy front. Rep. Brian Mast filed legislation to protect the Second Amendment of people who use marijuana in legal . Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has also committed to attaching that legislation to a bipartisan marijuana bill.

The Double Standard

Cory Booker has pointed out the double standard in the country regarding marijuana use. Presidents and members of Congress can admit to past marijuana use with no consequences, while many less privileged individuals face punitive cannabis laws. It’s a topic worth discussing, for sure.

Colorado’s Proposed Ballot Measure

In Colorado, there’s a proposed ballot measure that could remove marijuana use as a disqualification for concealed carry permits. This could potentially allow cannabis users to carry concealed firearms in public. It’s an intriguing development in the ongoing cannabis and gun debate.


So, there you have it, my fellow cannabis enthusiasts. The federal gun ban for marijuana users is a complex and evolving issue. While some states are taking steps to remind patients about it, the legal battles continue in courts across the country.

Remember, it’s crucial to stay informed about the laws that affect us as cannabis users. And who knows, maybe one day we’ll see some changes in these federal policies. Until then, stay safe, stay informed, and keep enjoying your cannabis responsibly.

And a big thanks to Kyle Jaeger for reporting on this important topic.


  • Q: Can medical marijuana patients legally own firearms at the federal level?
  • A: No, according to federal law, individuals who use or are addicted to marijuana cannot legally possess firearms.
  • Q: Are there any ongoing legal challenges to the federal gun ban for marijuana users?
  • A: Yes, several federal courts have ruled the ban unconstitutional, leading to ongoing legal disputes.
  • Q: What is the proposed Colorado ballot measure regarding concealed carry permits for cannabis users?
  • A: The proposed measure aims to remove marijuana use as a disqualification for concealed carry permits in Colorado.

Stay informed and stay safe, my friends!

Rosemary Puffman
I'm Rosemary, a staunch supporter of cannabis legalization and its potential benefits. My roles as a writer, cannabis entrepreneur, and informed investor allow me to contribute to the evolving narrative around cannabis. Through my writing, I aim to destigmatize and educate, while my business ventures and strategic investments align with my belief in the positive impact of responsible cannabis use.

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