If You Want to Own a Gun in Hawaii, Don’t Get a Medical Marijuana License

Hawaii 5-0? Not If You participate In 4:20

People seem to forget that Marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law.  Even though the federal government is essentially invoking federalism in they case and allowing the states to decide whether or not people should be able to use marijuana legally, the federal laws regarding the substance in correlation to gun ownership stand-pat.

An example of this is in Hawaii, where people have been posting letters online that they have received on the matter when applying for DROS and background check.  The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug and issued this open letter to all firearm licensees.

Hawaii took it a step further likely to control gun ownership even more and revised their statutes to back up federal law more strictly when they altered the HR134-7.3 statute which states:

If any applicant is denied a permit, the chiefs of police of the respective counties shall send, by certified mail, a notice setting forth the reasons for the denial and may require that the applicant voluntarily surrender all firearms and ammunition to the chief of police where the applicant resides or dispose of all firearms and ammunition. If an applicant fails to voluntarily surrender or dispose of all firearms and ammunition within thirty days from the date notice was mailed, the chief of police may seize all firearms and ammunition.

Here is an example of one of those letters that many people have been receiving as of late.

Hawaiian authorities have asked medical marijuana users to “voluntarily surrender” firearms due to their medicinal status. This may mark the first time a law enforcement entity has moved to confiscate guns from cannabis patients.

Marijuana users in Honolulu are expected to turn over all firearms and ammunition to the state within 30 days of receiving the notice, according to a letter signed by police chief Susan Ballard,  reported the website Leafly.