Making It Legal Doesn’t Make It Safe

The transgressions of our youth should probably remain in the past. (What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and all that.) I’m thinking especially of recreational chemicals like marijuana and LSD that came “into vogue” in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Today, it seems there is a rush to legalize and promote recreational pot. Cannabis is legal across Canada. New York has stopped arresting people for toking in public. California is already way out there. Ready or not, wherever you live, recreational pot will soon be strolling down your street.

Tattooed man with a black vest and dark facial stubble holding a smoke-filled, cowboy-themed marijuana bong

Legislation to legalize pot presents concealed carry holders with numerous uncertainties, none of which are conducive to effective self-defense. If you drink alcohol, don’t drive. If you smoke cannabis, don’t carry. Photo by Athena LaRoux for Rick Sapp

Florida, in fact, has elected Nikki Fried, a young lawyer whose “progressive” campaign was based entirely on legalizing recreational pot and allowing farmers to grow marijuana. According to her internet site, Fried wants to “help revitalize the struggling agriculture industry in Florida by advocating for legislation to allow the growing of industrial hemp.”

Fried has also vowed a “deep dive” into Florida’s concealed weapons permit program — now administered by her Department of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs — as soon as she is sworn into office. She sees organizations such as the NRA and the USCCA as “enem[ies] of the people.”

Thus, she ignores absolutely everything of importance to agriculture in the Sunshine State: lethal yellowing (killing palm trees), citrus canker and citrus greening (killing orange groves), the redbay ambrosia beetle (destroying avocados), a dramatic water shortage, the explosion of invasive species like Burmese pythons and Nile monitor lizards, and out-of-control immigration.

It looks as though Florida may remove Fried’s access to and administrative control of concealed carry permits. Not a moment too soon. Nearly two million Floridians have concealed carry permits. They either did not vote or did not pay attention when marking ballots for Commissioner of Agriculture.

Soon, with recreational pot smoking commonplace in a generation that questions the founding values of our society, concealed carry permit holders will be faced with increased pressure.

Legalization of marijuana is a trap. According to Healthline, “Marijuana, also known as cannabis or weed, is usually detectable in bodily fluids for 1 to 30 days after last use. As with other drugs, it may be detectable in hair for several months.” If you carry, you simply cannot play with Mary Jane.

If a prosecuting attorney finds that you were stoned — at any level — when you exercised your right to self-defense, you’re going to jail. Even if there is only a trace of weed in your system, you’re going to jail.

So keep one in the chamber, but when Mary Jane calls, just say no.

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