(NaturalNews) Lawmakers from the state of Illinois have proposed new medical marijuana rules that coerce patients to surrender their Second Amendment right in the application process.
The new medical marijuana "legalization" bill requires Illinois citizens to undergo a background check, be fingerprinted and pay an additional $150 fine for using marijuana for medical purposes.
On top of that and most disturbing of all, Illinois citizens will also be required to sign away their right to own a firearm in the application process.
Personal liberty and responsibility has become a dead idea in the state of Illinois, as the right to bear arms becomes a perishable right dictated through laws regulating strict control of a plant.
Illinois forcing citizens to give up their guns if they want medical pot
Under the new rules, people who want to treat themselves with something other than dangerous pharmaceutical drugs will be required to give up their guns in the process.
Both caregivers and patients will be required to surrender their firearms, and any state-approved FOID cards or concealed carry permits. According to the proposal, state police will be in charge of enforcing the gun control sanctions.
Moreover, the Department of Agriculture will be enlisted to develop rules for cultivation centers, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will be employed to draw up rules for dispensaries. More power to the state!
The plan also dictates the reasons for which caregivers can prescribe cannabis, outlining 41 specific medical conditions that pre-qualify patients to seek a patient registry medical marijuana ID card. The ID card will permit approved patients access to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every two weeks, to be administered by a certified caregiver.
Isn't it strange how the state limits the potential of a plant but turns a blind eye toward the mass distribution, destruction, and death coming from many pharmaceutical drugs?
Regulations like these encourage continual, exaggerated health complaints
Additional rules require that patients be at least 18 years old and have a "bona fide" relationship with their caregiver. The caregiver will be required to certify a patient's medical condition. This may inevitably encourage many people to exaggerate their medical condition while caregivers overprescribe just so users can get a recreational high. This will weaken entire defenseless generations who have given up their Second Amendment right just to get high. Regulations like these will make users more likely to mentally fabricate and overstate their "medical condition" just to "legally" obtain pot.
Illinois medical pot law makes it easy for federal prohibition laws to target dispensaries, growers and even users
Lawmakers from Illinois make it clear that this new bill will not nullify federal prohibition of marijuana. They wrote that the state of Illinois assumes "no liability for damages that may arise from federal prosecution."
With the Obama administration raiding legal state dispensaries, overtaking farms at gunpoint and jailing marijuana users at alarming rates, federal prosecution can be counted on in Illinois. Federal agents would basically be handed an easy-to-read map to make arrests.
In 2011, federal agents participated in more than 20 raids on Montana distribution centers alone. Additionally, more than 200 California dispensaries were shuttered in 2011, "as a result of threats to owners."
This Illinois pot plan basically sets people up to be jailed by the federal government. The plan allows patients to "designate" their caregiver, who will then be allowed to purchase from certified growers. Everyone involved succumbs to background checks, initiated by Illinois State Police, while being forced to undergo state profiling, fingerprint included, which will be logged into a database.
The law strategically maps out the playing field, putting growers and dispensaries on a grid. With a mandatory yearly application renewal, the law allows the state to keep updated information on patients and their network. Users, growers and distributors will also make great defenseless targets for federal raids, since they will have given up the right to own a firearm from the start.
All this regulation also includes new "surveillance laws," additionally requiring cultivation centers to track inventory and maintain 24-hour surveillance systems.
While the founders of the bill expect tens of thousands of applicants, the Illinois Department of Public Health is taking public comment until Feb. 7 to be approved by a legislative panel by the end of April. The ultimate decision will be made by the director of the Department of Public Health in Illinois.