Last month we told you about Cynthia Willis, an Oregon woman with an only-in-America lawsuit claiming that she should be entitled to use medical marijuana and carry a concealed handgun.
Willis, 54, has a medical marijuana permit to treat arthritis and muscle spasms and a permit to carry a concealed handgun. But Oregon police have tried to take away Willis’s gun, citing federal laws that prohibit firearm sales to drug addicts.
Willis fired back with a lawsuit that was resolved today in her favor by the Oregon Supreme Court, AP reports.
The court decided that federal law barring criminals and drug addicts from buying firearms does not bar medical marijuana users from receiving gun permits.
“I feel like a big girl now,” said Willis, who carries a Walther .22-caliber automatic pistol. She carries the gun for personal protection, following a messy divorce, according to AP, which notes that she smokes joints and eats marijuana cookies for her medical conditions.
Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, told AP that the Oregon justices “didn’t drink the Kool-Aid” by adopting the view that marijuana should be treated differently than other drugs used as medicine.
Elmer Dickens, a lawyer representing the sheriffs of Washington and Jackson counties, added that the ruling provided needed clarification. “Every sheriff knows now what the rules are, and we got what we needed,” he said.
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Thu, 19 May 2011 22:06:10 GMT