A Pennsylvania doctor and medical marijuana patient is suing for his right to own a gun. Dr. Matthew Roman, who practices medicine in Philadelphia, maintains that his Second and Fifth Amendment rights were violated when he was denied the right to purchase a gun. The suit against the U.S. Department of Justice and Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday.
In April, Roman went to a South Philadelphia licensed gun dealer to purchase a revolver for self-defense. But when the dealer asked Roman if he used cannabis and he replied affirmatively, his purchase was denied, according to attorney John Weston.
“The doc answered that question truthfully,” said Weston. “And the dealer said ‘I can’t sell you a gun’.”
A federal law passed at the beginning of the War on Drugs in 1968 prohibits anyone who uses cannabis from using or owning a firearm. In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the law does not violate Second Amendment guarantees to the right to bear arms.
Weston said that the court may try to reject the lawsuit, but believes it may be heard because of the