This California mans nightmare only began to unfold at the moment he walked in on the burglary of his private residence in Riverside County…
According to the Press Enterprise, on January 5th the unidentified man returned to his property at 11:45 am in the 8900 block of Douglas Fir Circle in the community of Orangecrest and discovered that several men were in the process of burglarizing his home. Reportedly, no one was harmed during the incident and suspects fled in their vehicle after being caught in the act, however, it is what happened when authorities arrived on scene that is making headlines.
As the PE explains, after authorities arrived on scene the victim was violated a second time, this time by the police.
As police began to investigate the burglary, they discovered that the victim was a current California medical marijuana cardholder and uses that he uses marijuana for medicinal purpose on a regular basis. Being that federal law still fails to recognize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, authorities seized the individuals firearms citing that he violated federal law by owning firearms while using marijuana.
Riverside police said in a news release… Both the victim and owner of the firearms had California medical marijuana cards and admitted to using the marijuana regularly.
The guns were seized based on federal law prohibiting those using drugs from possessing firearms.
There was a report of gunshots inside the house during the robbery, but officers could not locate any evidence of a shooting.
A Sept. 21, 2011 memo from the federal Department of Justices Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to licensed firearms dealers discussed the law that prompted the burglary victims guns to be taken. Federal authorities have placed marijuana in the same category as LSD, heroin and Ecstasy.
Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, and there are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law, the memo said.
Any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
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