Guns and marijuana: A criminal combination

4:56 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - Its now legal to use marijuana in Colorado, but using pot while possessing a firearm could land you in jail.

The Federal Firearms Act prevents anyone who uses marijuana, or any other illegal drug, from also owning a gun.

"Colorado's pot legalization only goes so far. This is another instance where federal law preempts state law and an individual who mixes pot with a firearm in any form faces prison time in a federal penitentiary," 9News Legal Analyst Scott Robinson said. "Marijuana and firearrms is not a legal combination in federal law and anyone who mixes the two could be charges in federal court."

The background check form you must fill out to buy a gun specifically asks if you use marijuana or any other illegal drug. Lying on that form is also a crime. If convicted, you could be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.

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