By Therin Miller | August 9, 2022
The Justice Department is trying to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Florida State Attorney General, Nancy Fried. The lawsuit challenges the federal government's policy of prohibiting people who use medical marijuana from buying or having guns. The federal government's argument is that marijuana users are too dangerous to be allowed to own firearms. However, Fried and her team argue that there is no evidence to support this claim, and that marijuana has been used as a form of medicine for centuries. They also argue that the federal government is violating a law that protects state medical marijuana programs.
“Marijuana users pose a danger comparable to, if not greater than, other groups that have historically been disarmed,” such as mentally ill people, Justice Department lawyers wrote.
The Biden administration also maintained that restrictions prohibiting marijuana users from purchasing guns are justified because, although medical marijuana has been authorized in Florida, cannabis remains illegal under federal law.
Fried, says she is disappointed by the Justice Department's arguments and that she will be filing a response to their motion to dismiss the lawsuit.