Norm Kent

Norm Kent


At a Glance:

Norm Kent has been a Project Contributor since January 2012, has written 34 entries and currently lives in Fort Lauderdale.


Norman Elliott Kent, a 1975 graduate of Hofstra University, is a publisher and criminal defense attorney based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, handling First Amendment, constitutional rights, and media law cases.

A pioneer in medical necessity defenses for marijuana users, Norm has represented patients, growers, and buyer's clubs throughout Florida for over 30 years. As far back as 1982, he sued the State of Florida to stop the deadly herbicide paraquat from being sprayed on marijuana fields.

Norm has authored 'The Pot Warriors Manifesto', contributes legal and advocacy columns to Counterpunch and lectures at legal seminars and conferences on first amendment and gay rights issues.
A cancer survivor who is a noted advocate for gay rights, Norm has appeared as a commentator on CNN, CNBC and FOX News. He is also presently the publisher of The South Florida Gay News, the largest weekly LGBT newspaper in the State of Florida.

Norm Kent: Recently Filed

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'The Imitation Game' Writer Mirrors Real Life

Filed by Norm Kent | February 28, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

Being unique, weird, or different should be a cause for celebration. Diversity is the essence of life. What we have in common is that we are all unique.Read More

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Juror's Verdict Is for Marriage Equality

Filed by Norm Kent | January 08, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

We can be proud this day has come, prouder still that so many have journeyed so far to see it through.Read More

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Medical Marijuana's Green Rainbow: Getting to 50 States

Filed by Norm Kent | January 04, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Medical marijuana is legal in 24 states, so we have a ways to go to get to 50. And the LGBT community can lead the way.Read More

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Supreme Court Muddies & Mends the Waters

Filed by Norm Kent | November 01, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Your constitutional right to marry shouldn't depend on your zip code or when a judge gets around to hearing your case.Read More

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Southern Comfort Conference to Move to Ft. Lauderdale

Filed by Norm Kent | September 20, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Southern Comfort Conference is a major transgender conference that has taken place annually since 1991. After 24 years in Atlanta, the event will move to Ft Lauderdale next year.Read More