Medical marijuana users denied firearms

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is warning gun dealers that it is illegal for medical-marijuana patients to buy firearms.

The agency sent out a letter Sept. 21 that says marijuana use is still barred by federal law, even though it has been approved for medical use in Colorado.

According to the Denver Post ( ), people who use medical marijuana are required to declare it on their applications to buy firearms.

Advocates say it’s another attack on state medical-marijuana programs. Earlier this year, the Justice Department warned dispensaries they could face federal prosecution.