Florida Official Explains Marijuana And Second Amendment Lawsuit In Meeting With Gun Violence Prevention Activists

Florida Official Explains Marijuana And Second Amendment Lawsuit In Meeting With Gun Violence Prevention Activists
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Florida agriculture commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried held a meeting with gun violence prevention activists on Thursday to address the lawsuit she recently filed against the Biden administration that seeks to protect Second Amendment rights for medical marijuana patients. And while some progressive advocates initially balked at the action to increase the ability of certain people to possess firearms, key community members say that Fried’s outreach and education helped raise awareness of the legal issues at hand, and they support the effort on a constitutional and public safety basis. Fried has made a point to align herself with the cannabis reform movement throughout her tenure and campaign, but mixing that advocacy with gun rights issues apparently raised some questions within the prevention community. To help facilitate a conversation and answer questions, the father of a Parkland shooting victim reached out to Fried and scheduled a virtual meeting with about a dozen other activists in the movement. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the 2018 mass shooting, told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Friday that when he first read the news about the suit, his “initial instinct was not to understand what the commissioner was doing.” But after they spoke on the phone, “she explained everything about the lawsuit—what she was doing and why—and it made total sense to me. But I needed that information.” Just concluded a zoom with @NikkiFried & members of the GVP community. Thank you, Nikki, for taking time to fully explain the lawsuit around legal marijuana users & background checks. This lawsuit makes sense to me, and I fully support your doing this. https://t.co/Ysjg4XMe6G — Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) April 28, 2022 Fried “wants to bring all legal, lawful people into the process of having a background check” to buy a…

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