NORML Sues Over Missing Ballot Item in Florida

  • by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel October 20, 2016

    chapter_spotlightThe Florida’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has filed a civil lawsuit against the Broward County Commissioner of Elections, after media and news reports revealed that mail in ballots have been sent to voters omitting the state’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment.

    The claim was just filed by NORML’s national vice chairman, Fort Lauderdale attorney Norm Kent, and his law partner, Russell Cormican, on behalf of Florida NORML and Karen Goldstein, NORML Florida’s chair, a West Park, Broward County voter.

    The plaintiff’s are seeking a judicial declaration enjoining the Defendant’s from distributing any further ballots, and implementing an emergency plan to issue new ones which insure the inclusion of the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot.

    Norm Kent
    954 661 3361 cel

    Russell Cormican
    954 803 8724

    Karen Goldstein
    954 303 9254

    29 responses to “NORML Sues Over Missing Ballot Item in Florida”

    1. Bruce Ryan says:

      I certainly hope the lawsuit was also personal in nature…. sue those responsible DIRECTLY. Personally and severally as they say.

      • sk says:

        without evidence of conspiracy or gross negligence, this would not be possible. While it is certainly suspect, I am unsure if this is the case, or if it was a clerical error (or could be argued as a clerical error)

    2. John says:

      Right F’n on! Sue their F’n a**’s!

    3. Mark Mitcham says:

      Oh, wow. What’s up with Florida and elections? Did Gov Rick Scott have something to do with this? That guy is certainly a “hanging chad!”

    4. Mark Mitcham says:

      While we’re on the topic of the state of Florida, here is a summary of the NORML congressional scorecard for Florida.
      Please vote OUT all “D’s” and “F’s”! They gotta go!

      NORML congressional scorecard
      For details, and info on other states, click on:

      Bill Nelson (D): “B”
      Marco Rubio (R): “F”

      Patrick Murphy (D): “B+”
      Corrine Brown (D): “B”
      Kathy Castor (D): “B”
      Carlos Curbelo (R): “B”
      Ron DeSantis (R): “B”
      Ted Deutch (D): “B”
      Lois Frankel (D): “B”
      Gwen Graham (D): “B”
      Alan Grayson (D): “B”
      Alcee Hastings (D): “B”
      Tom Rooney (R): “B”
      Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R): “B”
      Frederica Wilson (D): “B”
      Ted Yoho (R): “B”
      Vern Buchanan (R): “C”
      Jeff Miller (R): “C”
      Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D): “C-”
      Gus Bilirakis (R): “D”
      Curt Clawson (R): “D”
      Mario Diaz-Balart (R): “D”
      Rich Nugent (R): “D”
      Bill Posey (R): “D”
      Dennis Ross (R): “D”
      Daniel Webster (R): “D”
      Ander Crenshaw (R): “F”
      David Jolly (R): “F”
      John Mica (R): “F”

    5. Matt says:

      Welp, there goes Florida1 The Prohibitionists have won for yet another year in that state.

    6. Julian says:

      Great work NORML!
      This is incredible news. Sue Dr Brenda C Snipes, Supervisor of Elections and the County Clerk in individual civil lawsuits, issue them a subpeona and have them replaced immediately.

      • Miguel says:

        So ironic that in this climate of talking about election fraud/manipulation that we have a demonstrated example of such tactics.
        Let democracy play itself out and adhere to the will of the majority of the voting public in this great state.
        God Bless America.

      • Galileo Galilei says:

        Damn good work indeed!

        The ghost of Harry J Anslinger still haunts us all.

    7. so there was more than ONE missing the info after all I take it

    8. Rod is on the gas says:

      Surely, voter fraud is at hand. Can anybody argue with Donald’s declaration of rigged election?

    9. Just An Observer says:

      The best way to rig an election is to take away the vote right off the get-go!

    10. Julian says:

      Before Trump starts smearing “the most Democratic county” in Florida, and believe me I’ll be the first one to throw the fire of truth at Dem. Representative Debbie Washmoney Shultz who is certainly no friend of marijuana legalization, keep in mind that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2003;
      The same governor who hired a private contractor during the 2000 elections that went ahead and placed criminal records on hundreds of African American Floridian voters giving the election to… waitaminute… this can’t be right… A Republican? The governor’s BROTHER? George W. Bush? (“Yeah, thats right, I saw that on Michael Moore’s Farehnheit 911”).
      So before the media gets a spin on this dilemma, lets make sure we get the facts straight and ask “Who does Brenda Snipes truly work for?”