The true story of Santa Cruz’s Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), a “collective of patients and caregivers [who have been] providing hope, building community and offering medical marijuana on a donation basis” for over a decade. In the film, we meet Valerie and Mike Corral, and follow their journey as they dedicate their lives to offering compassionate care despite the antagonism of a brutal and insensitive federal government.
Arrested in 1992 for using marijuana to alleviate symptoms resulting from a devastating car accident, Val later won a major legal victory, a first for the medically necessary use of marijuana. She began offering small amounts of it locally to folks who benefitted from its healing properties. This ultimately evolved into the formation of WAMM with her husband, Mike. When their garden was violently raided by the DEA in 2002, the community rallied, marching downtown and staging rallies on the steps of City Hall. WAMM has since transitioned and now offers support and resources for patients to grow their own medicine – and is still an important community organization.
More than just a dispensary, WAMM is a true community, where afflicted Santa Cruzans and their loved ones come together and offer emotional support, and overcome the loneliness and pain of their illnesses. Inspirational and heart-wrenching stories from members illustrate how WAMM is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
A story bigger than that of a local activist and health organization, La Vie en Verte: The WAMM Movie is a call to action for communities to stand up for their rights, and for the compassionate care of the sick. World Premiere.
In Person: Charlie Hall & Bevin-Bell Hall, Directors; Valerie and Mike Corral, WAMM (http://wamm.org
Duration: 96 min.
Program Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KysGGIQhhns
General - $9
Senior (65 & over) - $7
Student (w/ID) - $7