Laughlin Introduces PA Uniform Firearms Act Update for Medical Marijuana

HARRISBURG – As the nation prepares to commemorate the significance of the Second Amendment on April 17th with 2A Day, Pennsylvania state Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) has taken a bold step toward ensuring the rights of all citizens by introducing legislation, Senate Bill 1146, aimed at amending Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act to align with the state’s legalization of medical marijuana.

2A Day was established in 2019 and serves as an annual celebration dedicated to honoring the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. This special occasion acknowledges the importance of the right to bear arms, a fundamental aspect of American freedom.

In 2016, the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act was enacted allowing individuals to legally treat specific medical conditions with marijuana. Since enactment, many laws have been updated to include the lawful use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

However, some Pennsylvania laws, including the state’s Uniform Firearms Act, continue to view all marijuana use as unlawful. Consequently, even a person with a valid medical marijuana card is prohibited by existing law from having a license to carry a firearm.

“My legislation will make sure a valid medical marijuana cardholder is no longer considered an unlawful marijuana user,” said Laughlin. “Although marijuana remains illegal under federal law, we should be updating Pennsylvania’s laws to ensure valid medical marijuana cardholders are not denied their rights.”

For more state-related news and information, constituents can visit Laughlin’s website at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @senatorlaughlin.

Contact:  David Kozak   717-787-8927

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