National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
NORML Legal Committee
2012 Recipient -
Al Horn Memorial Award
About Norm Kent
As a partner at the Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Norm Kent's practice focuses primarily on criminal defense including marijuana and drug trafficking cases. His practice is also known for its vigorous defense of the constitutional and first amendment rights of its notable clients, which include radio stations, newspapers, and prominent talk show hosts.His law off... read more »
As a partner at the Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Norm Kent's practice focuses primarily on criminal defense including marijuana and drug trafficking cases.
His practice is also known for its vigorous defense of the constitutional and first amendment rights of its notable clients, which include radio stations, newspapers, and prominent talk show hosts.
His law office partner is Russell L. Cormican. The firm is located in the Legacy Bank Building, across from the Broward County Courthouse, at 12 SE 7 Street in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Norm Kent completed his undergraduate degree at Hofstra University in 1972, before graduating from the Hofstra School of Law in 1975.
Norm Kent has served as President of the Broward County Criminal Defense Attorney's Association, and as a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL).
He has appeared on CNN's Crossfire, NBC's Dateline, and Court TV as a legal commentator. He has also served as Editor in Chief of the Barrister, the Broward County Bar Association Journal, and Editor in Chief of Defense, a newsletter for criminal defense lawyers.
As a college senior in 1971, Norm Kent first joined NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He first served on the NORML Board of Directors from 1992 until 1994. He rejoined the board of directors in 1998 where he continues to serve. He currently serves as the Chair of the organization.
Over the last twenty years as a member of the NORML Legal Committee he has lectured at legal seminars, conferences and other events on marijuana law and policy issues.
Norm Kent pioneered the medical necessity defense in criminal cases including the defense of Elvy Mussika. Over the last 30 years, Norm Kent has represented patients and growers throughout the State of Florida.
Norm has authored 'The Pot Warriors Manifesto.' He contributes marijuana advocacy columns to Counterpunch.org. He is the publisher of The South Florida Gay News, the largest weekly LGBT newspaper in the State of Florida.
Map & Directions
|Area of Practice||% Focus|
|Florida||Member in Good Standing||1979|
|Chairman, Board of Directors, NORML||2013 – present|
|Law Offices of Norm Kent, P.A.||1975 – present|
|Hofstra School of Law||Constitutional Rights||Doctor of Jurisprudence||1975|
|Hofstra University School of Law||1975|
|Life Member||Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2000 – present|
|Life Member||National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||1984 – present|
|Past President||Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||1980 – present|
|National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws||1971 – present|
|First Amendment Lawyers Association||present|
Awards and Recognitions
Al Horn Memorial Award
|NORML Legal Committee||2012|
|ACLU Legal Achievement Award||American Civil Liberties Union||1999|
|The Medical Necessity Defense||NORML Key West Legal Seminar||2011|
|Defending Knock and Talk Cases||NORML Key West Seminar||2010|
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Posted on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Pot Smokers Finally See the RainbowBy Norm KentWhen 64 % of the voters in Miami Beach in a straw ballot said they would support medical marijuana last week, it was no surprise.Pot smokers may not wear... [read more]
Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013
NORML is the pioneer, the grand patron and founder of the marijuana policy reform movement in America. We are still here and by your side, and we are needed now, more than ever. Some have said ... [read more]
Posted on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
By Norm KentMore and more prudent politicians, thoughtful columnists, and fiscally responsible legislators are re-thinking outdated marijuana laws. It is long overdue, and thoroughly welcome.The mains... [read more]
Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
--> NORML By Your SideBy Norm Kent"Of all the tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive...”-----C.S. LewisNext month in Los Angeles,... [read more]
Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
The city of Wilton Manors has decided they will not oppose my law firm’s sign being placed on a Wilton Drive Bus bench.Society is safe, thank god.If you missed the controversy last month, Wilton... [read more]
Publications and Articles
Published July 2011
Publisher: Broward Law Blog
Article exposing how law enforcement is relying on field level drug tests which are scientifically flawed creating numerous legal defenses.
Published December 2004
Publisher: National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Article publishing numerous legal defenses to individuals arrested in law enforcement 'sex stings,' outlining the unconstitutional and illegal methods police use in conducting their undercover operations