Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s new standard on evaluating gun laws, an Oklahoma judge has ruled that denying marijuana users the right to possess firearms is unconstitutional.
He said using marijuana was “not in and of itself a violent, forceful, or threatening act” and noted that Oklahoma is a state that allows the drug to be purchased for medical uses while still being illegal under federal law.
“The mere use of marijuana carries none of the characteristics that the Nation’s history and tradition of firearms regulation support,” Wyrick added.
Additionally, public defender, Laura Deskin, representing Harrison, said the ruling was a “step in the right direction for a large number of Americans who deserve the right to bear arms and protect their homes just like any other American.”
Back in May 2022, Harrison had been charged after being arrested by police in Lawton, Oklahoma, following a traffic stop. During the stop, officers found marijuana and a loaded revolver in the car. He told cops he was on his way to work at a medical marijuana dispensary but did not have a state-issued medical-marijuana card.