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Labors to legalize bud in Florida have gone as sour as week-old bong water

The pro-pot groups do plan to hold a fifth-annual marijuana benefit in January, with four stages and 20 bands, at Miami's Tobacco Road. About 800 people showed last year. The legalizers once talked about doing outdoor smoke-outs like those that have been held in Boston and elsewhere, but the plans burned out. "The logistics are terrible," Latino says.

After talking pot for an hour, Latino referred New Timesto another local activist and perhaps Florida's best-known herb smoker (no, it's not you), Irvin Rosenfeld. A stockbroker in Tamarac, he is one of a handful of people nationwide that the U.S. government allows to toke up for medicinal reasons. In fact, Rosenfeld gets 11 ounces about once a month from Uncle Sam's personal stash to ease what would otherwise be debilitating pain from ulcers throughout his body. This past November 20 marked the 20th anniversary of the first time he toked up legally.

Rosenfeld has long been an active proselytizer. But he says he understands that organizers can't dedicate their lives to the cause. "I know if we get it on the ballot, they're going to want me to talk all over the state," he says in a hurried voice that sounds nothing like the stoner stereotype you might associate with someone who has smoked a joint every two hours for two decades. "I've got a business to run. I mean, I handle millions of dollars of peoples' money a day."

A week after leaving our first message, we again tried calling the Melbourne headquarters of FLCAN. Midas, the web administrator, again answered. No one else could come to the phone, he said, admitting that he might have lost our number. "Things are still such a mess around here," he confesses. "We're still recovering from the election. Yeah, why don't you give it to me again?"

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