VIDEO: Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces Lawsuit Against Feds Over Infringement of Medical Marijuana Patients’ Constitutional Rights

Miami Beach, Fla. – Today, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried , announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) over federal cannabis policies that prohibit Floridians from purchasing a firearm on the sole basis that they are a state-law-abiding medical marijuana patient. The lawsuit alleges that this is a violation of medical marijuana cardholders’ Second Amendment rights, punishing them for state-legal activity without a reasonable basis to do so. A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed and downloaded here . Commissioner Fried made this announcement at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference being held in Miami Beach where she was joined by two of her fellow plaintiffs in the case along with other medical marijuana patient advocates with Minorities for Medical Marijuana and the Florida Cannabis Action Network. Video from today’s press conference can be viewed and downloaded here . “No patient should have to choose between their medicine and employment, or a roof over their head, or access to capital – or their constitutional rights,” said Commissioner Fried. “While we continue to call for full cannabis legalization to resolve the many issues caused by irrational, inconsistent, and incoherent federal cannabis policies, we are here today to announce we are filing suit against the federal government over its violation of patients’ Second Amendment rights due to federal law deeming it illegal for a medical marijuana cardholder to purchase a firearm.” “Let me be […]

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