On September 9th, a single plant in the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) garden, the first of 2012, was harvested and trimmed. WAMM, established in 1993 and based in Santa Cruz, is well-known and widely-respected for being the first medical marijuana collective in the United States. WAMM founders Valerie Leveroni Corral and Michael Corral helped to craft California’s Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, concerning the use of medical cannabis.
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On Sunday, June 3rd, the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz presented the 38th annual Santa Cruz Pride demonstration, which featured a march and rally with thousands of people on Pacific Avenue. Some of the many featured speakers and performers included representatives of the Diversity Center, John Laird, who was the first openly gay mayor when he took over the mayoralty of the city of Santa Cruz in 1983, and cheer squads from San Francisco, Sacramento and Folsom.
The Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, supporting organizations and the community at large sponsored the WAMM March for Medical Marijuana on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 12 noon on the Pacific Garden Mall, in downtown Santa Cruz.
Hundreds of people marched and rolled on Pacific Ave. and over to Santa Cruz City Hall in a demonstration of community solidarity opposing the recent decision of the Supreme Court and of Congress that leaves sick and dying Californians vulnerable to persecution from the federal government.
In a symbolic act of compassionate access, WAMM patient members led the march holding live cannabis plants. This solemn event honored the 154 WAMM members who have died since WAMM’s inception in 1993.
On June 7, 2005, supporters and members from the Wo/men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana rallied at the Town Clock in downtown Santa Cruz to denounce the recent Supreme Court decision banning the use of cannabis to relive pain and suffering. Many people wore black and held signs with photographs of WAMM patients that have passed away.
The Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) is a collective of seriously ill patients who work to educate the general public regarding the medical benefits of marijuana, and to insure that patients, who have a recommendation from their physician, have safe access to legal, natural supply of Marijuana for the treatment of terminal and debilitating illness.
Santa Cruz citizens tell the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to get the “Drug War” out of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM).
Tuesday, September 17, 2002 — “Citizenship Day” — 3:00 p.m.
The energy radiating from the Santa Cruz City Hall could be felt from far away. Hundreds of people came together to express their support for the medicinal use of cannabis and the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in particular. Santa Cruz residents, including physicians, politicians, and caregivers, addressed today’s crowd in strong support of WAMM and the rights of California voters who passed the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.