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Conflicting Laws Issuing Gun Permits to Marijuana Users in MN

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Law enforcement officials are raising concerns and red flags when it comes to issuing gun permits to current and active marijuana users. Rick Hodsdon, the general counsel for the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, says they’ve been waiting months for some kind of clarification but have been left in the dark with little guidance from the state.

Hodsdon says sheriffs and police chiefs have to decide which law to break,” their options are to issue a permit and violate the part of state law or the other option is to refuse to issue a permit on the grounds that someone is a user of illegal controlled substances as defined by federal law.” He says it’s a matter of public safety that needs to be addressed.