The 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert 2/19/12

The 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert
Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM – 3:00 AM
Revolution Live
200 W Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

$15 Discount Ticket in advance
$18 at the door
$50 VIP Tickets include (entrance to all areas, a dedicated VIP bar and a year’s membership to NORML of Florida)
Buy tickets here

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), Patients Out of Time, The Silver Tour and the PUFMM (People United For Medical Marijuana) medical marijuana campaign to protect patients’ rights.

Come out early & enjoy the day with us! This is a family event with a diverse range of musical styles & creative talents.

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), Patients Out of Time, The Silver Tour 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 historic first) 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, Crazy Fingers, Sweetbone, The Funky Nuggets, Ephniko, Nag Champayons, JP Soars, Kuyayky, Gypsy Cat, The Tribe, Rhythm Flow, Jam I Am, The Int’l Language, Sigmund Floyd, Smokin’ Pianos with Kiki Sanchez & Dave Siegel, Omine, Orrin Bolton, Teri Catlin, Ellen Bukstel, Valerie C Wisecracker, Steve Minotti, Mr Grim Reapa, Anglo Sax, Immortals and more will be showcasing original music.

Alonso, Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, Soulflower, Raven, Bishop Makalani-MaHee, Martian Ambassador and other spoken word artists will be presenting innovative spoken word poetry with musical accompaniment.

In addition, 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 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.- Marijuana Defense Attorney, 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, Steve Berke – former Miami Beach mayoral candidate, comedian & video activist, Jayne King from the Florida Green Party, representatives of PUFMM, NORML of Florida and other concerned citizens.

NORML of Florida, The Silver Tour, PUFMM, Patients Out Of Time, the ACLU of Great 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, PUFMM 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 glaucoma, 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 historic first – 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, Shamanic Harmonics, Progressive Rags, 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 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, Artists for Community Evolution and other supportive businesses.

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