A Phoenix man (not pictured above) was sleeping soundly in his bed Friday, surrounded by his prized possessions and most cherished foliage, when an armed robber kicked down his bedroom door. The 54-year-old resident didn’t think twice — he grabbed his heater and plugged the larcenous whipper-snapper. The police would later find a handgun near the slowly exsanguinating criminal, hence the “armed” part of armed robbery. There’s little doubt that the gun saved the homeowner’s life, and as far as the shooting goes, the guy’s in the clear. But he’s still being hauled off to the graybar hotel . . .
From the local CBS station:
Thompson said while officers were going through the house to secure it, they found the resident was growing marijuana. He had a medical marijuana card, which limits 12 plants and he had nearly 50 plants.
“This individual had the proper credentials, but the problem was he has more plants than were allowed by permit,” Thompson said.
Thompson said charges against the homeowner will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review.
Some might call that a “stockpile” of marijuana. An arsenal, even. Nevermind that I probably have more cigars than that sitting in my cabinet at the club.
Currently, the ATF form buyers are required to fill out in order to purchase a firearm from a dealer requires that the prospective purchaser to attest that they are not addicted to or an unlawful user of marijuana. Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal.
Gun control advocates always ask, what’s the harm in adding medical records to the NICS database? Why wouldn’t you be in favor of stricter background checks? Well, if this man’s medical records had been submitted to NICS, he might not be alive today. And if we can save only one life, would it be worth it?