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Florida’s Silver Bullet: The Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act

Previously published at

Norm Kent, Esq.

On July 1st of 2008, Florida enacted a new law which enhanced penalties for marijuana grow houses. Authorities heralded it as the ‘Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act.’ It is just another excuse to lock decent people up for longer times.

There are some provisions of the act which bring back the dark days of the draconian Rockefeller drug laws in New York, legislation which sent small marijuana growers to jail for thirty years. Some might first be getting out today.


Law enforcement argued that they needed the new law because of the increasing number of grow houses operating in the state and violent crime which tend to be associated with these operations. Sure they did.

“Grow houses are not only furthering this dangerous drug trade within our state, they are bringing violent crime into our neighborhoods,” said Attorney General McCollum. “This new law will help protect our families and communities.” No, it won’t.

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Are we Going to Pot?

The latest from the Boca Raton Observer.

The public has increasingly embraced the idea of legalization, with support more than doubling since the 1970s. In October, a Gallup poll found a clear majority of Americans (58 percent) were in favor of it. But getting lawmakers to mirror the will of the people hasn’t been easy, says Norman Kent, A Fort Lauderdale attorney and NORML’s national president.

“I think (People United) has taken the right approach by going directly to the people and asking them to support a statewide petion and bypassing the weak and cowardly legislature that thinks it’s OK to get drunk in Tallahassee bars, but not smoke a joint in your home,” he says. Read more …

Boca Raton Observer