While 29 states have legalized medical marijuana in some form, the drug is still illegal under federal law. Some police departments are now selectively enforcing federal law — people can get the medical marijuana, they just can’t own guns. Hawaii requires all medical marijuana users to register in a state-run patient registry and also requires gun owners to register all their weapons with the county police chief.
The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that in January The Honolulu Police Department started sending out letters telling medical marijuana users that they ‘have 30 days’ to turn in their guns. The newspaper notes:
“Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition,” the letter said.
In the letter, Ballard cites Hawaii Revised Statutes, Section 134-7 (a) as the reason for the move. That section reads: “No person who is a fugitive from justice or is a person prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law shall own, possess, or control any firearm or ammunition therefor. . . .