Supreme Court Won't Hear Case on Gun Permit
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Supreme Court Won't Hear Case on Gun Permit
Posted by CN Staff on January 11, 2012 at 11:51:32 PT
By Damian Mann
Source: Ashland Daily Tidings
Oregon -- The U.S. Supreme Court decided this week not to hear Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winter's legal challenge that asserted U.S. law trumps state laws when people with medical marijuana cards seek concealed handgun permits.Portland attorney Lee Berger, who was part of a team of lawyers fighting Winter's argument, said this should send a message to Winters and other sheriffs to respect the rights of medical marijuana patients.
"The problem is the sheriffs hate the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act," said Berger, who represents medical marijuana patient Cynthia Willis, a Gold Hill resident. "They find ways to discriminate against patients."Winters denied Willis a concealed handgun license in 2008 on the grounds that she uses medical marijuana, which is considered a controlled substance by the federal government.The sheriff argued that he couldn't give the license to Willis because that would violate the Gun Control Act of 1968. Winters has lost every court case on the issue so far, including one before the Oregon Supreme Court.The sheriff has provided concealed handgun licenses to Willis and other medical marijuana patients as a result of those court rulings.Winters appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in July.The Supreme Court decided this week not to hear a similar case from Washington County.Source: Ashland Daily Tidings (OR)Author: Damian MannPublished: January 10, 2012Copyright: 2012 Ashland Daily TidingsWebsite: tidingsopinion dailytidings.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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