The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
2790 W. College Ave., Suite 800
State College, PA 16801 March 10, 2016
(814) 237-6255

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If you're searching for an attorney in State College, Pennsylvania, chances are you're going through a tough situation. You may feel like no one is on your side, especially if you are considering filing bankruptcy, have been charged with a criminal offense, or are filing or appealing a Social Security Disability claim. During this difficult time, you need someone you can trust.

At The Mazza Law Group, P.C., we understand your fears and concerns. Our firm dates back 57 years, and our attorneys have the experience needed to help you. We will be by your side every step of the way, protecting your rights and working toward the best outcome for you. We take pride in considering ourselves your lawyers, your neighbors, and your friends.

Legal matters are often confusing and complicated, requiring experience and strategy to successfully resolve. With a highly respected and experienced attorney behind you, you can rest easy knowing that your case is in good hands. The experienced attorneys at The Mazza Law Group, P.C. in State College, Pennsylvania to protect your rights.

We stay up to date with changes in our legal system. If you have questions about how any recent changes in the law may affect you, contact us today.

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Hannah Jolie

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Other firms might tell you to do something just to keep you in court longer or to get more money from you. The Mazza Law Group was honest and upfront. They genuinely had my best interest in heart and saved me money.

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Alicia Miller

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I've worked with The Mazza Law Group for about 16 months and have been very satisfied. The staff is friendly and responsive and provide great insight. I highly recommend them.

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Jesse Elliott

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posted 2 years ago

I would highly recommend The Mazza Law Group. I really appreciate the ease of getting through to the staff that you need to speak with. Everyone is always ready and willing to help when needed. They do a very good job with their work.

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FIREARM RIGHTS RESTRICTED DUE TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD

Obtaining a license to use medical marijuana prevents an individual from lawfully possessing a firearm. This can come as a shock to residents of Pennsylvania- which has recently enacted legislation permitting the possession and use of medical marijuana for serious medical conditions.

However, the federal government has not legalized marijuana in any form, and the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) considers it an unlawful substance.  Notably, an open letter from BAFTE issued in 2011 states:  “any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.”  The letter goes on to advise federally licensed gun dealers to deny a sale to an individual if they are aware that person has a medical marijuana license.

Accordingly, the Pennsylvania State Police have issued this caution to potential purchasers and firearms dealers:  “[T]he mere possession of a Medical Marijuana Card will give rise to an inference that you are an ‘unlawful user of or addicted to’ a controlled substance”, thus making you ineligible to purchase or possess firearms or ammunition under federal law. Additionally, a medical marijuana license holder may not obtain or renew a concealed carry permit.  An individual who is prohibited from acquiring or possessing a firearm under federal law is not eligible to obtain such a permit under 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6109 (e)(1)(xiv).

There may be other consequences of marijuana possession and use for certain individuals, so in addition to speaking with your physician, it would be wise to consult with an attorney prior to obtaining a medical marijuana license.

If you have questions about your state and/or federal rights to possess a firearm, contact the experienced attorneys at the Mazza Law Group, PC.

 

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