Pot & Powder

I was raking the front yard and had taken a break. I was sitting on the bench out yonder catching my breath. I’m a vigorous raker. I was thinking I really needed to come up with another post for the blog. It’s been a while.

Oh, there’s plenty of “stuff” going on; the Washington/Colorado legalization thing, a study I just read about treating Crohn’s with cannabis.., plenty of stuff. But that stuff is available everywhere. I prefer to offer something apart from the mainstream.

And I suppose that’s why my mind wandered to guns. Legal ownership of a firearm and cannabis, as a matter of fact. Yeah, I know. I’m weird like that.

Let’s look at that a moment, shall we? Guns and cannabis.

There was that gal who put in for a concealed weapon permit in Oregon and was denied. Oregon has a “cannabis patient” registry. The local sheriff accessed the registry finding the individual listed and then denied her the permit.

Because, see, drug abusers don’t get to own guns. The BATF says so. They’ve gone so far as to remind gun shop operators selling a firearm to a known drug abuser (or medicinal cannabis user) is illegal. Further, a person is required to fill out form 4473. The form asks if the applicant uses marijuana. A person who lies is committing a crime.

In that Oregon case the court ruled a permit is not a weapon. A permit is a piece of paper. There’s no law stating a cannabis user can’t own a piece of paper. Yeah, the coppers are throwing a fit.

There’s been a bunch of stink lately about the National Security Agency listening to phone calls, reading emails (and blogs? Hi, guys!) and stuff-and-stuff. I read an article the other day about cameras on cop cars (and stationary) tied to a data base that could, basically, track the movement of a vehicle.

How am I going to tie this all together? “Right over left, the rabbit goes in the hole…”

What’s to keep the ATF from having an agent sit across the street from one of the (soon to come) recreational cannabis outlets and cross referencing license plates with concealed weapon permits?

It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

Tin foil hat? Screw that. I’m working on a Faraday cage.



  1. David Maupin said,

    July 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Come on, they wouldn’t really do that, would they? I can see law suites over the basic tenants of fair play, level playing field violations, even shooting fish is illegal under State Law..

    • capndrift said,

      July 31, 2013 at 8:32 am

      I’m reminded of a joke:

      Recently a routine police patrol parked outside Pete’s tavern. Late in the evening the officer noticed a young man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled
      around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing.

      After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles, the man managed to find his car which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine dry night) flicked the blinkers on, then off, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more vehicles left. At last he pulled out of the parking lot and started to drive slowly down the road.

      The police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a breathalyzer test. To his amazement the breathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having consumed alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said “I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the Police station this breathalyzer equipment must be broken.” “I doubt it,” said the man, Tonight I’m the designated decoy.

  2. September 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I believe that the man would then be beaten and tazed then arrested for interfering with the duties and such and such… Yup.. if we’re gonna stop fillin them with dopers we may as well fillem with somethin else!

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