Florida Judge Rules Against NORML in Suit Over Missing MMJ Question

Florida Judges Rules Against NORML in Suit Over Missing MMJ Question

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A Florida judge has ruled in favor of the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office in a lawsuit over ballots excluding Amendment 2, an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. The suit was filed by NORML of Florida after it was reported that several mail-in ballots had omitted the amendment.

Claiming that the harm caused by the error would be “catastrophic and cataclysmic,” NORML of Florida had filed the lawsuit in hopes of getting the court to require the Supervisor of Elections Office to post a sign outside of polling places, make posts on social media, and send out notices in the mail to urge votes to check their ballots for accuracy.

But in her ruling, Broward Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips denied the motion, stating that the Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, had taken appropriate measures to correct the ballot errors and to prevent further erroneous ballots from being disseminated.

In a statement, NORML of Florida vice-chair Norm Kent expressed his disappointment at the ruling.

“The court’s decision regrettably focuses only on those defective ballots we know about, that the defendant had an opportunity to cure,” Kent said. “It fails to pro-actively address the unknowing number of defective ballots, which the supervisor of elections admitted could still be out there and for which there may be no remedy.”

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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