DENVER (AP) – 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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