Smoke for Life

The sixth annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert raises funds for patients' rights

"I became more educated as I became involved," says Abel. What he discovered was that the government has nothing to gain by its legalization, and major drug companies like Unimed -- manufacturer of Marinol, a synthetic marijuana -- have everything to lose if they are forced to compete against a natural herb that could be sold as a health store remedy.

"As musicians and artists, it's kind of our job to point out things that aren't good and bring the awareness to them and talk about those issues," says Banossian. "In its purest form and its best form, music itself has been responsible for getting people to think, and to change the way they think."

At last year's benefit, Earth Citizens' Brin Abel (left) 
rocked while spoken-word artist Alonso rapped
Michelle D'Lorri
At last year's benefit, Earth Citizens' Brin Abel (left) rocked while spoken-word artist Alonso rapped

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