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  • Feb 19, 2012 · 4:00 PM

14TH ANNUAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA BENEFIT CONCERT AT REVOLUTION LIVE HOSTED BY NORML OF FLORIDA & PLOPPY PALACE PRODUCTIONS On Sunday, February 19, 2012, NORML of Florida, Ploppy Palace Productions and Revolution Live will be hosting the 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert to raise funds for NORML of Florida (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), The Silver Tour, Patients Out of Time and the PUFMM (People United For Medical Marijuana) medical marijuana campaign to protect patients’ rights. Currently there is a statewide campaign to change the medical marijuana laws in Florida that includes legislation in the Florida House and Senate (a first in 30 years!) as well as a statewide petition drive. As part of this three stage extravaganza, some of South Florida's top bands, spoken word artists and community activists will join together for patients’ and physicians’ right to use medical cannabis. As a testament to the diversity of supporters for this cause, there will be a broad variety of musical styles including jazz, blues, rock, reggae, folk, hip-hop, funk, experimental, tribal rhythms, flamenco, traditional Peruvian, world beat fusion, psychedelic grooves and various interactive jams. Grammy Award Winner - Cyril Neville, Johnny Dread, The Spam Allstars, Sweetbone, Crazy Fingers, Ephniko, JP Soars, Gypsy Cat, The Funky Nuggets, Nag Champayons, Sigmund Floyd, Kuyayky, The Tribe, Rhythm Flow, The Int’l Language, Smokin' Pianos with Kiki Sanchez & Fudakochi, Jam I Am, Omine, Ellen Bukstel, Valerie C. Wisecracker, Teri Catlin, Orrin Bolton, Steve Minotti, Lonesome Grey, Anglo Sax, Mr Grim Reapa, Immortals and more will be showcasing original music. Alonso, Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, Soulflower, Raven, Martian Ambassador, Bishop Makalani-MaHee, Benjamin Shahoulian and other spoken word artists will be presenting innovative spoken word poetry with musical accompaniment. In addition, Elviza's Rockabelly Hippies featuring Elviza, Symphony, Stacy Oh, Lili Barrera, Marie Insua, Sofia Luna and other dancers will be performing a variety of dance and movement pieces to energetic, rhythmic percussion and ambient tones. Coconut Grove Jugglers Exchange will be juggling various items and entertaining the crowds with a festival vibe. Yvonne Gougelet will be presenting an interactive performance art piece with a medical marijuana theme. Gabriel Orenstein will be showcasing a special marijuana activist video that will be projected during the show. Plus Anibal Fernandez, Linx and other creative artists will be rendering a live painting demonstration to visually complement the music. Irvin Rosenfeld and Elvy Musikka, legal medical marijuana patients and Directors for Patients Out Of Time, will be describing their experiences with obtaining medical marijuana through the federal government. The 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert will also feature a selection of community speakers who will present information about the issues including Norm Kent - National NORML Board of Directors, Howard Finkelstein from Channel 7's Help Me Howard, South Miami City Commissioner Walter Harris, Artie Kornfeld - author, music producer and organizer of Woodstock, Dante Trevisani of the American Civil Liberties Union of Greater Miami, Michael Minardi P.A., Shawn Heller from the Florida Justice Institute, Robert Platshorn - author and speaker for The Silver Tour, Eric Stevens from the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, Angel Hernandez from Americans for Safe Access, Kim Russell from PUFMM, Jayne King from the Florida Green Party, Steve Berke - former Miami Beach mayoral candidate, comedian & video activist, representatives of NORML of Florida and other concerned citizens. NORML of Florida, The Silver Tour, PUFMM, Patients Out Of Time, ACLU of Greater Miami and various other organizations will have informational booths with literature and handouts to help educate about community issues and the medical marijuana campaign in Florida. The event will work to raise funds and awareness for NORML of Florida, The Silver Tour, Patients Out of Time and the PUFMM medical marijuana campaign to protect patients’ rights. Previously, a person's right to use medical necessity as a defense to marijuana charges has been upheld by several appeals courts in Florida. Marijuana has proven therapeutically useful in treating numerous medical conditions including muscle spasticity, arthritis, MS, and the nausea related to AIDS and cancer chemotherapy. In 2010, the City of South Miami passed a resolution to support medical marijuana on a statewide and national level - this is the first city in Florida to endorse the issue. Currently there are companion bills to reform medical marijuana laws in the Florida House of Representatives (HJR 353) and the Florida Senate (HR 1983) - this is a first in 30 years - we are encouraging people to contact their elected officials and have them endorse these bills. At the moment, there are 16 states that have laws allowing marijuana to be used as medicine. In addition there will be vendors and small businesses promoting and selling their merchandise, including The Wallflower Gallery, Between Spirit & Stone Jewelry, Progressive Rags, Shamanic Harmonics, Shiva Gear, 2-Dye-4, Man With The Magic Hands - Jeff Brown LMT, Awesome Rockin’ Massage by Kelly Cordova LMT and selected independent corporations Production support provided by Ploppy Palace Productions, Lovestruck Productions, Event Rhythm Management and 7th Circuit Studios. The 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Revolution Live is currently looking for supportive sponsors and unique vendors to help to build up the community outreach and contribute to the cause. The 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Revolution Live is sponsored by NORML of Florida, Ploppy Palace Productions, Lovestruck Productions, SFGN, Wildman Steve Radio, Miami Music Television, Sam Ash Music, Shiva Gear, Artists for Community Evolution and other supportive businesses. Sunday, February 19,[masked]:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. Revolution Live 200 W Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale[masked] 18 and older with ID Minors allowed with an adult Admission is $ 18. VIP Tickets for $50! DISCOUNT Advance tickets available at For more information, please email Ploppy Palace Productions at [masked] or contact NORML of Florida at [masked] PLEASE REPOST THIS MESSAGE AND SPREAD THE WORD!!

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