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Last weekend's rally in Lake Eola Park by the Cannabis Action Network (CAN) took place, but you had to stand pretty close to hear it; moved by the city from their intended base at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, the pro-pot activists made their stand at the International Plaza at the park's southeast corner, where they were limited to just four electrical outlets to amplify their music and message.

That's fewer than they had hoped for, but at least the price -- a mere $5 to process the group's permit -- seemed right.

"We have no problem with that," says spokesman Kevin Aplin of the network that filed suit to waive a $1,500 rental and insurance fee that would have kept them -- and, by extension, other underfunded groups -- from using the public park. A compromise with the city late last week made the issue moot for the time being, though a hearing in federal court still is scheduled in the next 60 days.


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