Florida NORML Files Lawsuit Over Ballots Excluding MMJ Question

Florida NORML Files Lawsuit Over Ballots Excluding MMJ Question

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On Oct. 20, 2016, the Florida chapter of NORML filed a lawsuit against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections after it was discovered that Amendment 2, an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, was excluded from several mail-in ballots.

The lawsuit stems from an article published in the Sun Sentinel where former Oakland Park Commissioner Anne Sallee reported that her mail-in ballot had excluded Amendment 2 and that county officials had ignored her warnings of the exclusion, insisting that there was no error.

Calling the potential results from the error “catastrophic and cataclysmic,” NORML is seeking to stop Broward County from distributing potentially inaccurate ballots and to implement an emergency plan to correct any remaining ballot issues.

Speaking with the Miami Herald, United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara said that the issue has him “incredibly concerned.”

“What continues to concern me is it does not seem that the supervisor knows for certain the extent of the problem,” Pollara said. “They have a strongly held belief it is this very isolated incident [Snipes] described this afternoon but they don’t know for sure.”

A hearing on the issue has been scheduled for 10 A.M. ET on Oct. 25, 2016.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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