Norm Kent

Norm Kent


At a Glance:

Norm Kent has been a Project Contributor since January 2012, has written 31 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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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

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When the Hell Did We Become Normal?

Filed by Norm Kent | July 26, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Forty-five years after Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon, legal pot and marriage equality have landed on America's doorstep. It is one small step for men, one giant high for mankind.Read More


Stand Up and Be Counted

Filed by Norm Kent | July 08, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

America's LGBT communities are growing exponentially in number and size, in power and strength. We are out and proud of who we are. But we should never be comfortable breathing air in a world that is not universally free.Read More

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Harvey Milk & Me: From Woodmere to the White House

Filed by Norm Kent | May 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

For me, Harvey's life was more than a movie. In no small measure, Harvey's life touched my own. I grew up and went to high school in Woodmere, Long Island, New York. That's where Harvey was from.Read More