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A Montana senator on Wednesday introduced an amendment to a House appropriations bill that would bar federal prosecution of medicinal marijuana patients who own or possess firearms. The proposed amendment by Sen John Walsh, D-Mont., would prohibit the use of federal funds to prosecute gun owners based on their status as registered medical marijuana patients in states that allow medical use of the drug. The measure does not cover recreational marijuana users in Colorado and Washington, two states that have legalized limited recreational use by adults. In a statement, Walsh said “This measure will ensure that patients can hunt, purchase ammunition and protect their homes without fear of prosecution.”

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