13th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert At Tobacco Road 1/15/11

13th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert At Tobacco Road
Hosted By Ploppy Palace Productions
Saturday, January 15, 2011
4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Tobacco Road 626 South Miami Ave., Brickell
305-374-1198
www.tobacco-road.com
www.myspace.com/tobaccoroad626

21 Years Old + with ID Admission is $ 12.

On Saturday, January 15, 2011 Ploppy Palace Productions and Tobacco Road will be hosting the 13th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert to raise funds for PUFMM’s (People United For Medical Marijuana), NORML of South Florida’s (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and Patients Out Of Time’s medical marijuana campaign and the protection of patients’ rights. Currently there is a statewide petition drive to get the medical marijuana issue on the ballot to change the laws in Florida. 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, rock, reggae, folk, vocal harmonies, hip-hop, funk, experimental, tribal rhythms, traditional Peruvian, flamenco, world beat fusion, psychedelic grooves and various interactive jams.

Johnny Dread, Sweetbone, The Southwood Project, Gypsy Cat, Kuyayky, E.L.E., UOM, Hoosha, Bodhi, The Int’l Language, Cleaveland Jones, The Tribe, Raging Geisha, Sun Dry Cilo, Andrew Bayuk and the Undeniables, Mechanical Animal, The Barkless Dawgs, The Fly Kingdom, Raffa, Fabio Patino, Jevon Olea, Orrin Bolton, Steve Minotti, Omine, Frank Nitts, Orion, Mr Grim Reapa and more will be showcasing original music.

Alonso, Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, Jonathan Rose, Nikki Rodriguez, Martian Ambassador and other spoken word artists will be presenting innovative spoken word poetry with musical accompaniment.

In addition, Stacy Oh, Elviza 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.

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 13th 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, Florida House of Representatives – Representative Dwight Bullard, South Miami City Commissioner Walter Harris, Coconut Grove Village Councilman Stephen Murray, Jeanne Baker – Florida State Board Member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Sara Yousuf – criminal defense attorney, Michael Minardi P.A., Jeffrey Kennedy – unsanctioned medical marijuana patient awaiting trial, Shawn Heller from the Florida Justice Institute, Eric Stevens from the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, Angel Hernandez from Americans for Safe Access, Jayne King from the Florida Green Party, Steve Berke – comedian & video activist, Robert Platshorn – author and convicted smuggler from the Black Tuna Gang, representatives of PUFMM, NORML of South Florida and other concerned citizens.

NORML of South Florida, PUFMM, Patients Out Of Time, ACLU of Florida, Democracy for America, Marijuana Doctors 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 PUFMM, NORML of South Florida and Patients Out Of Time’s medical marijuana campaign and the protection of 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, and the nausea related to AIDS and cancer chemotherapy. Recently, 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. About 700,000 Florida registered voters need to sign the petition in order for the issue to get on the ballot. Currently there are 15 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, Smokey’s Tobacco Shop, Progressive Rags, Crystal Fun Design, Mystic Cottage, Joyful Clothes, Man With The Magic Hands, Massage By Paula and selected independent corporations.

As an added GREEN FEATURE to the event, the Green Mobility Network will provide bicycle racks for people to park their bicycles. We are also encouraging people to take public transportation – the Brickell Metro-Rail Station is only a few blocks away.

Production support provided by Ploppy Palace Productions, Atlas Sound Productions, Anamaze Productions and 7th Circuit Productions.

The 13th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Tobacco Road is currently looking for supportive sponsors and unique vendors to help to build up the community outreach and contribute to the cause.

The 13th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Tobacco Road is sponsored by Ploppy Palace Productions, Antidote Productions, Marijuana Doctors, OnlineGigs.com, Nu Design Element, Progressive Rags, Attorney Jim Lewis, Artists for Community Evolution, The Wallflower Gallery and NORML of South Florida.

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