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The Canna-Wellness Challenge at Wickham Park Amphitheatre in Melbourne. The Saturday, Nov. 19 CANFest event was to bring awareness concerning the passage of Amendment 2, and the medicinal uses of cannibis.(Photo: TIM SHORTT/FLORIDA TODAY)Buy Photo

MELBOURNE – Back in November 1995, Brevard County officials refused to issue a permit for a Hemp Awareness Festival at the Wickham Park Pavilion, triggering a lawsuit.

What’s more, organizers switched the two-day event from a festival into a political protest — and three cannabis activists were arrested for meeting without a permit, playing amplified music without a permit, and refusing to leave the park.

Fast forward to November 2016: In a landslide, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana by voting yes on Amendment 2. And Saturday, the Eau Gallie-based Florida Cannabis Action Network hosted a pro-pot festival at the Wickham Park Amphitheater.

“Twenty years later, not only can we talk about it freely in the park — but we have changed the laws,” Florida CAN Executive Director Jodi James said, exchanging a high-five with Florida CAN President Ethel Rowland.

Festival activities included a “Canna-Wellness Challenge” featuring a 5K race and disc golf tournament. A small group of tents near the amphitheater housed nonprofit groups, cannabis-based products and food vendors. Bands and speakers took the stage throughout the day, joined by costumed medieval re-enactors.

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The skate-punk band called In Pursuit of Liberty performs on stage. The Canna-Wellness Challenge at Wickham Park Amphitheatre in Melbourne. The Saturday, Nov. 19 CANFest event was to bring awareness concerning the passage of Amendment 2, and the medicinal uses of cannibis. (Photo: TIM SHORTT/FLORIDA TODAY)

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