Laughlin to Introduce PA Uniform Firearms Act Update for Medical Marijuana

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) will soon introduce legislation seeking to amend Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act to conform with the state’s legalization of medical marijuana.

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.”

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Contact:           David Kozak   717-787-8927

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