Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried On Her Medical Marijuana Card

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said she qualified for medical marijuana because of a sleep disorder. Facing South Florida host CBS4's Jim DeFede talked to her about it.

Video Transcript

- This week Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried posted a video on social media showing off her medical marijuana card. Here's part of that video.

NIKKI FRIED: I'm Nikki Fried, your Commissioner of Agriculture. And I want to show you something. This is my medical marijuana card. It's legal and a direct result of 71% of Floridians voting to allow medical marijuana. But you wouldn't know that in Tallahassee. Five years after Floridians put it in our Constitution, elected Republican, so-called Constitution loving Republicans, are still trying to undo our votes.

- Fried said she qualified for medical marijuana because of a sleep disorder. This week, Facing South Florida host Jim Defede questioned her about the video and why she posted it.

NIKKI FRIED: I ran to destigmatize cannabis and to really move the ball forward on legalization and access to it for patients.

JIM DEFEDE: Just to remind folks, that ballot title was use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions. And the term debilitating medical conditions was specifically defined in statute, referring to cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS post-traumatic stress disorder ALS Crohn's Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class or comparable to those enumerated.

I guess what I'm saying is, you know, I don't think-- do you think that people would have voted for it if they had included sleep disorder or inability to be able to sleep.

NIKKI FRIED: I do because the amount of people that I talk to across not just the state but across the country who have similar conditions that just really can't sleep and that is debilitating. Walking the halls every single night. And so this is something, people were voting for medical marijuana because they wanted people to be having other options, more natural options, getting off of pharmaceutical drugs, other things that are more harmful than access to cannabis.

- And you can see more of Jim's interview with Nikki Fried this Sunday on Facing South Florida. That's at 11:30, only right here on CBS Four.