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Nikki Fried Defends Rights of Medical Gun Users in Lawsuit Against Biden Admin: ‘Discriminatory’

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Nikki Fried, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is suing the Biden administration in an effort to block a federal rule that prohibits medical marijuana users from buying guns or get a concealed weapons permit.

Fried filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), arguing that the “irrational, inconsistent and government marijuana policy undermines Florida’s medical marijuana and firearms.” laws.”

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The lawsuit argues that Floridians who legally participate in the state’s medical marijuana program have their Second Amendment rights violated.

“These laws are a complete conflict between what’s happening at the state level and what’s happening at the federal level,” Fried told Fox News Digital in an interview. “People across our country understand that someone shouldn’t be denied access to a firearm just because they’ve chosen to use medical cannabis. It’s discriminatory on the face of patients. with marijuana, and that’s something that needs to be changed at the federal level.”

Nikki Fried, Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Democratic candidate for the 2022 Florida gubernatorial race, arrives for a ceremony with US President Joe Biden.
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The lawsuit targets an ATF form given to potential gun buyers that asks, “Are you an illegal or addicted user of marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic, or other controlled substance?” The form then states: “Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medical or recreational use in the state where you reside.” Potential gun buyers who answer “yes” are then barred from making the purchase.

Fried, who is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to run against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November, said it was not his “intent” to sue a Democratic administration in the middle of an election year, but that the lawsuit had “been in progress”. work for years” and has just been finalized recently.

Jim Castetter, sales manager of Empire Standard, a hemp extract processing and distribution facility, weighs hemp flowers on a scale on April 13, 2021 in Binghamton, New York.

Jim Castetter, sales manager of Empire Standard, a hemp extract processing and distribution facility, weighs hemp flowers on a scale on April 13, 2021 in Binghamton, New York.
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“I’m going to stand up for people’s rights no matter who’s in the White House,” she said. “We have to move on as a country. It was certainly not my intention to sue a fellow Democrat, but it is something that needs to be moved.”

Fried also said gun control advocates needn’t worry about his trial because it “would actually create more security.”

“We know that if someone buys a gun, whether it’s in a store, a pawn shop, wherever you buy your gun, you have to fill out the ATF form, which means you have a verification federal background,” she said. mentioned. “And so what happens is some users walk around and buy it in private sales or through other loopholes.”

“So it actually creates more security for our country and for our state because now people will be able to buy guns legally, get the background check to make sure they’re qualified to buy a gun “, she said.

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Fried said his ultimate goal is to see marijuana legalized federally.

“It’s time for our country to finally put marijuana behind us and legalize it,” she said.

Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24, 2022.

Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24, 2022.
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While Fried criticized DeSantis’ stance on marijuana, the governor’s office signaled support for his lawsuit in a statement provided to Fox News Digital.

“We haven’t had a chance to review the lawsuit, so we won’t comment on specifics,” DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said. “But, as a matter of principle: Governor DeSantis has always stood for the protection of Floridians’ constitutional rights — including Second Amendment rights. Floridians should not be deprived of their constitutional rights simply because they use a drug according to the laws. of our state.”

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