Nikki Fried Hints at Her Priorities, Stating “I’ll Legalize Weed” if Elected Governor

Toby Hazlewood

And she's suing the Biden administration too?
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This week saw the passing of 4/20, the unofficial day of celebration for marijuana smokers around the world. Florida's leading Democrat candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial election used the occasion to make one of her priorities clear to Floridians.

In a post on Twitter, she stated that legalizing the drug would be one of her priorities if elected.

As might be expected, her post received mixed responses. Those in favor of the decriminallization of marijuana for leisure purposes were pleased by the announcement no doubt. Cynics were less convinced.

Many see it as a populist move and as Fried trying to win popularity. Others have also pointed out that it could be a law change that would further benefit many corporations associated with medical marijuana, some of which are businesses owned by her fiancé, Jake Bergmann.

Medical marijuana is legal in Florida

Marijuana is now only fully illegal in four U.S. states (Kansas, Wyoming, South Carolina and Idaho) but in Florida it is legal for medical purposes provided users are registered. Fried herself is a registered user of medical marijuana and showed off her registration card over a year ago.

Fried apparently uses medical marijuana to help her manage a sleep disorder.

Legal for medical use already

Medical use of the drug for residents of the state is seen as a good thing for aiding in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis. Many other states are still playing catch-up in regard to legalizing the drug for medical purposes.

On June 15th of last year, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed a bill expanding the availability of medical marijuana for cancer patients, as well as veterans and others suffering from PTSD.

Crucially as relates to fentanyl and other opioids that are extremely addictive and problematic in society when they lead to addiction, the Texas bill had previously also included application of medical marijuana for sufferers of chronic pain that would usually be treated via opioids, but this was later removed.

Meanwhile in Florida, medical use allows for the treatment of chronic pain using marijuana.

A Democrat suing the Biden administration?

Not content with pushing for legalization of marijuana, Fried may have surprised some in the Biden administration and the Democrat party this week as she launched a lawsuit challenging federal government restrictions associated with marijuana and gun ownership.

The lawsuit is intended to challenge current restrictions that the government applies to those who use medical marijuana, preventing them from owning guns.

This isn't a typical stance from a Democrat and signifies another way in which Fried may be seeking to broaden her public appeal. Whether it pays off will tell as the gubernatorial election comes around.

What do you think about proposals to fully legalize marijuana in Florida? Would this proposal make you more inclined to vote for Fried? Let me know in the comments section below.

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