Ore. court rules medical pot users can have guns

May 19, 2011 - 12:28 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that retired bus driver Cynthia Willis can have her medical marijuana and her concealed handgun, too.

The court ruled Thursday that a federal law barring criminals and drug addicts from buying firearms does not excuse sheriffs from issuing concealed weapons permits to people who qualify, including those who hold medical marijuana cards.

Willis says she feels "like a big girl now" because the court found medical marijuana patients should be treated like everyone else.

Oregon became one of the first states in nation to authorize people to use marijuana to treat medical conditions when voters approved an initiative in 1998.

More than 30,000 Oregonians hold medical marijuana patient cards.