Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has always been a bit of an enigma in the Sunshine State. She’s the only Democrat elected to statewide office. She’s running for governor against popular Republican incumbent, Gov. Ron DeSantis, if she can make it through a tight Democratic primary. Her office oversees Florida’s Concealed Weapon and Firearm Licensing program, and she’s a former lobbyist for the cannabis industry and a vocal cannabis advocate.
Fried has said publicly she possesses both a Florida CWFL and a state medical marijuana card – Florida is one of 37 states that have legalized medicinal cannabis. This has raised questions about how Fried purchases firearms, because of the cannabis prohibition on the 4473. The form asks would-be gun purchasers if they are an unlawful drug user, and it explains that cannabis is still considered an illegal drug under federal law:
“Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
Lying on a 4473 is a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
Now, according to NBC News, Fried is suing the Biden-Harris administration, the ATF and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland over the cannabis prohibition on the 4473, claiming that it violates the Second Amendment rights of lawful cannabis users. She brought the lawsuit officially as the state’s Agriculture Commissioner, on behalf of three Floridians who she claims were barred from purchasing firearms based upon their use of medical cannabis. The suit has yet to be formally filed – NBC says they were given a draft copy, which Fried’s staff said they hoped to file today, on 4/20.
“Medical marijuana is legal. Guns are legal. This is all about people’s rights,” Fried told NBC News. “And I don’t care who I have to sue to fight for their freedom.”
Recently, Fried’s campaign for governor has been flailing. She has changed-up her communicaiton staff but has yet to make significant headway against her primary opponent, Rep. Charlie Crist, who was recently endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Her 4/20 lawsuit could likely become a campaign issue, since a majority of Floridians support both medical and recreational cannabis use, and millions have obtained CWFLs.