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Passing the dutchie at Tobacco Road

The date for the 15th annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Tobacco Road was penciled in months ago, but its imminent arrival on Saturday couldn't be better-timed for longtime organizer C.D. Flash. This week, a poll released by pro-pot outfit People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) said seven in 10 Florida voters support a state constitutional amendment to legalize herb for medicinal purposes.

"I couldn't be happier," says Flash (yes, that's his real name). "What we have is an archaic law that's stopping people from having effective medicine. Ours is an event that inspires action for people to write letters to local elected officials and bring awareness about medical reform laws."

So Flash and his gang of ganja boosters have at least one topic of discussion during the funk-, reggae- and jam-band-infused concert, headlined by local musicians Teri Catlin, JD Danner, the Deadly Blank, Steve Minotti and Steve Berke, the activist-comedian and onetime Miami Beach mayoral candidate. Proceeds will go to NORML of Florida, the Silver Tour, Patients Out of Time and the aforementioned PUFMM.

Scheduled between the nightlong festival of psychedelic groovemaking and world beats are talks from pro-cannabis speakers, including Sen. Dwight Bullard (D-Miami), Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation), South Miami City Commissioner Walter Harris, retired Circuit Court Judge Richard Margolius and National NORML Board of Directors chair Norm Kent.

"This is not a smoke-out or a protest party," Flash says. "This is for education and solidarity and enjoyment. Everyone will be on their best behavior, chillaxing."

The 15th annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert returns 6 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $12 for 21-and-older. Call 305-374-1198 or go to

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