The new year is upon us and if 2017 is anything like 2016 in the cannabis world then big changes will come. There were ups and downs, but undoubtedly more people have been talking about cannabis than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of 2016’s biggest highlights and let downs.
2016 started off pretty good as the first cannabis dispensaries opened in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act just about 2 years ago which allows qualifying patients to use cannabis to alleviate symptoms. Smokeable and edible marijuana are still prohibited. This leaves patients to having access only to cannabis in the form of tinctures, concentrate for vaporization, or orally ingestible capsules.
On a lower note, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) reminded us that marijuana is still illegal on a federal level when they added a question to Form 4473, the Firearms Transaction Record. This question specifically asks if the buyer consumes marijuana. Even if a person lives in a state that has legalized cannabis for
either medical or recreational use, federal law prohibits cannabis users from buying firearms. This puts our fellow smokers in a bad position in which they cannot utilize the Second Amendment or they must lie about consuming cannabis.