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First Harvest of 2012 for Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM)
by Bradley Stuart Allen ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Tuesday Sep 11th, 2012 12:48 AM
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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Collective members passed pruning shears as they each took at turn cutting off a branch of ripe buds from the Purple Indica cannabis plant. After all the branches ready for harvest were cut, they were brought inside and immediately trimmed.

Charley, a WAMM member who was recently "fired from hospice for not dieing", trimmed the first buds of the season.

For more information on the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), please visit:

WAMM.org

The Anniversary of the WAMM Raid

Half an Ounce of Healing
By Evelyn Nieves, Mother Jones, 2001

Wikipedia:

Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana

Valerie Corral

California Proposition 215 (1996)

Medical cannabis



Bradley Stuart Allen is a photographer, Indymedia volunteer and website developer living in Santa Cruz, California. All content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Photo credit and a link to this article is appreciated. Support local, homegrown, independent media.
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Robert Norse
Tuesday Sep 11th, 2012 7:49 AM
It's refreshing to see this out in the open.

There are some other things to remember though:

The number of marijuana possession/cultivaton arrests is rising not falling (locally as well as nationally).

There's only one dispensary in town now accessible to the general public with the closing of Ken Sampson's club.

I've heard nothing about the fate of the Board of Supervisor's regulation mandating some kind of low-income access to marijuana as a precondition for dispensaries in the county.

Measure K (lowest priority for marijuana busts for adults in private in the City) is a dead letter with the Commission crippled and co-opted.

The state-wide drive to decriminalize marijuana either through initiative or legislative action has stalled.

There is no body of local activists or organization monitoring police and sheriff abuses around this issue. (The local ACLU is still largely useless and the national Drug Policy ACLU group has left town--though it never had any interest in defending local cases involving poor people caught in the Drug Prohibition War other than the Coral's and WAMM).

...all of which presents a challenge.

This photo-journalism is a human and humane reminder of what should be.

Not just for a small select group, but for lots of folks who can't afford expensive medical marijuana script from the few doctors willing to write it, to say nothing of the state cards which cost extra money.
by One Two Three
Tuesday Sep 11th, 2012 2:30 PM
WAMM is a collective, open to all with a valid California doctor recommendation.

We at WAMM take a special approach to medical marijuana. Beyond having heirloom strains that are organically grown and unique to WAMM, our collective revolves around community. We have weekly meetings that members can attend, and many volunteer opportunities for members looking to make a difference.

WAMM has been serving the Santa Cruz community for nearly two decades. We take pride in working with people and put the patient before profit. Since we grow and make all of our own medicine, we have a greater bond to the medicine that helps and heals.

Make the choice to be a WAMM member because even though you’ll get the highest quality medicine for the lowest donation, you’ll be a part of something bigger. You can help yourself and make the world a better place.
by anslinger hearst
Tuesday Sep 11th, 2012 6:44 PM
nice photos bradley. looks like a High Times article. will there be a WAMMfest this year?
the weed is bred for the medicinal purposes of the members rather than just getting high.
it is not the strongest ganja in town. (sorry mike)
by Robert Norse
Wednesday Sep 12th, 2012 7:38 PM
WAMM is a small select group of no more than a few hundred people which is limited in its membership. It can not include by its nature the large number of medical marijuana users in the County. If there has been a change in policy and/or potentiality, I'd be interested in hearing it, but glowing advertising doesn't erase realities--that for the majority of medical marijuana users in Santa Cruz County, WAMM is not an option.

For some yes, for all no.

I'd like to see WAMM--as I've written about extensively in the past--more involved in human rights work defending and extending the the struggle against the Drug Prohibition War. Not just for its members, but for those in jail or threatened with jail. I have not seen this happen--nor has it happened with Greenway or Ken Sampson's club (when it was around). Sad.

It's a struggle we all need to contribute to.

As the bumper sticker goes "if we do not hang together, we will surely hang separately."