by David S. Katz
It is important to realize that although the State of Florida has recently passed medical marijuana legislation legalizing the use of marijuana for some people, the Federal Government still considers marijuana a controlled substance. Should you decide to use marijuana under a lawful prescription, you should realize that you will be giving up your right to carry, own, ship, transport, receive or in anyway possess a firearm under federal law. In fact, the ATF sent a letter to all Federal Firearm Licensees reminding them that 18 U.S. C. § 922(d)(3), makes it 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 a controlled substance. (Click the link above to read the letter.) Having a valid lawful prescription of marijuana in Florida does NOT make you a lawful user of marijuana under federal law.