Randy Heine, a Democratic candidate for Pinellas County sheriff who last week railed against Muslims he accused of selling synthetic marijuana in convenience stores, is asking the REAL marijuana smokers to step forward.
In an e-mail sent out Wednesday morning, Heine is asking pot smokers to help him raise his $9,385 qualifying fee to get his name on the ballot.
"I hate to say it but we now have a 'pay to play' election process. If you believe that marijuana arrests should be one of the lowest priorities of law enforcement you need to step up and donate to my campaign for Sheriff of Pinellas County,” the email states.
The e-mailed flyer is topped by a quote attributed to former President Jimmy Carter: "Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than then use of the drug itself."
Florida elections laws require candidates pay a filing fee of 3 percent of the post’s annual salary, an election assessment equaling 1 percent of the salary and a party assessment of 2 percent of the office’s salary.
Heine, a Pinellas Park shop owner whose main platform is the legalization of marijuana, directs supporters to his website at
In an e-mail last week Heine branded Islam "a cult" in remarks responding to a news article about a St. Petersburg couple accused of allowing two young boys to smoke a synthetic marijuana product called K-2.
"K-2 is manufactured in St. Pete and is still being sold by almost every habib store in Pinellas County, but no one wants to screw with Muslims because we might hurt their feelings. The pussification of America is here and now."