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Captain Cannabis leads medical pot petition drive at Palm Harbor event

PALM HARBOR — Supporters of medical marijuana and its legalization gathered in downtown Palm Harbor earlier this month for a Halloween-themed event and petition drive.

More than 100 signatures were collected at the 7th Annual Witchstock 2013. The event is hosted by The Witch’s Brew, a cafe at 1219 Florida Avenue.

Cafe owner and event organizer Lesley Klein had the costumed Captain Cannabis on stage to help educate guests about the petition process for state medical marijuana legislation slated for next year. Staying on theme, the “Medical Marijuana Fairy” handled the collection of signatures.

“Captain Cannabis is a human encyclopedia on hemp and cannabis and was the perfect person to kick off our local petition drive here at The Witch’s Brew,” Klein wrote in a press release.

The petitions are being turned into the United For Care Campaign, a group chaired by attorney John Morgan.

Witchstock 2013 also held its yearly costume contest at the event that’s open for kids during the day and adults later in the evening. Winners received cash prizes and other gifts.

The Witch’s Brew will be continuing its support for the legalization of medical marijuana this month. The cafe will bring Captain Cannabis back on Nov. 16 and 23 for two live recordings of his YouTube show.

More information can be found by calling the cafe at (727) 483-9210 or going to its website at

Also last week, a group of former military members demonstrated in support of a statewide petition drive to legalize medical marijuana use. They gathered in front of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic New Port Richey.