CAN Legal Victories
Florida CAN Claims another Jacksonville Hempfest
March 8th, 2001 US District Court issued a partial summary and declaratory
judgment in favor of FL CAN declaring some of the festival permitting
Full text of the ruling can be found Here.
June 13th, 2000 the US District Court Denied a preliminary injunction
to the Hempfest, Judge Harvey Schlesinger said that he could not
be sure whether the Hempfest actually was a festival under the current
city ordinances. The fest went on as scheduled without a permit
with out any interference from the city.
Full text of the order can be found Here.
May 25th, 2000 Cannabis Action Network President, Kevin Aplin; Vice
President, Scott Bledsoe; and Medical Marijuana Patient Joe Tacl
filed suit in US District Court Middle District of Florida seeking
a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the unconstitutional
city ordinances that would seek to stop the 3rd Annual Jacksonville
Hempfest from taking place." It is time that citizens are allowed
to freely exercise and use their constitutional rights to free speech
and assembly", said Jodi James CAN Secretary.
Full text of the complaint filed in Federal Court can be found Here.
The Times Union article concerning the event can be found Here.
Cannabis Culture's article concerning the event can be found Here.
Florida CAN Victorious in 11th
US Circuit Court
Florida Cannabis Action Network won a victory with a ruling from
the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on October 25, 2000.
After five years of extensive and oftentimes confusing litigation
over the 1995 Gainesville Hempfest, the Street Closing and Sound
Ordinances were found to be facially unconstitutional."We made
law in 3 states", said CAN President Kevin Aplin on Thursday.
"From now on cities in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, will
have to go to court to deny us a festival permit, or a street closing
permit, or a sound permit. No longer will they be allowed to arbitrarily
sit on or deny a permit, if they don't go to court they cannot stop
This is a huge victory for Florida CAN
and Free Speech in America.
The full ruling can be found Here.
FL CAN Vice President Arrested
November 16th, 2000 The state's Attorney agreed to drop the charges
stemming from this arrest, the arrest at ALL TELL Stadium Dec. 2nd,
1999, and the arrest of Dec. 26th 1999, in Exchange for a no contest
plea of Reckless Driving, for which Bledsoe was penalized $125 in
Court Costs and forced to attend a Victim Impact meeting for DUI
Offenders. The judge withheld adjudication on the reckless driving
charge. VICTORY! Now time for the civil lawsuits.
Florida Can Vice President, Scott Bledsoe was arrested on October
24th outside of a GW Bush for President Campaign rally. While attempting
to use a PA system to address rally attendees about GW Bush policy
towards drug users and addicts, Secret Service agents advised Mr
Bledsoe that he was in a secured area and would have to leave. Although
Bledsoe claims he was on a public property entirely separate from
that of the rally, he was still ordered to leave.
Scott Bledsoe's detailed account of what happened as well as a video
of the arrest can be found Here.
The Times Union article concerning this event can be found Here.
FL CAN Vice President Arrested
On Thursday December 2nd, 1999 CAN Vice President Scott Bledsoe
was arrested while petitioning outside ALL Tell Stadium in Jacksonville,
Details of this event can be found Here.
Florida CAN Files Amicus Brief
Before US Supreme Court
Although Cannabis Action Network has no direct affiliation with
this company nor with the distribution of adult literature, it is
important that the court, if City News loses, separates the ideal
of pure political speech from that of commercial speech in this
| Pictured to the left:
Gary Edinger, FL CAN Legal Counsel;
Scott Bledsoe, FL CAN Vice President;
and Kevin Aplin, FL CAN President
The Florida Cannabis Action Network filed an Amicus Brief
before the US Supreme Court in August, 2000 in support of
on behalf of City News and Novelty, an adult bookstore in
WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN who is in the midst of a First Amendment
Battle to distribute Erotic Adult Materials to Adults in that
Florida CAN Threatened with Arrest
and Violence Again at the Poles
As a result of the Cooperation of the new supervisor of elections
John Stafford, and the adequate conditions which the Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office has decided to ensure petitioning rights we will
be settling this case.
As you may read below, CAN organizers settled a lawsuit from last
November, when they were removed from the polls under threat of
arrest and violence, On April 13th, 1999, CAN organizers were once
again removed from the polls under much worse threats from Pastor
Gene Youngblood of the First Southern Baptist Church in Jacksonville,
who threatened to go get a baseball bat. The police refused to assist
and protect the rights of petitioners instead threatening arrest
in direct defiance of the order
from Jacksonville Sheriff, Nat Glover. Three Polls in total
have been removed from the rolls as a direct result of these threats.
CAN filed a federal Lawsuit in US District Court, Middle District
of Florida, on Wednesday May 5th, 1999 (CASE #99-434-CIV-J-20a)
against the Jacksonville Sheriff and Supervisor of Elections. In
the Photo,Organizer Scott Bledsoe is seen recording Officer Windham's
Original Complaint filed with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office,
FDLE, and the Supervisor of Elections can be found Here.
Times Union Article about the Conflict can be found Here.
Times Union Article about the conflicts during the run off elections
in May can be found Here.