WAMM is an amazing, life-changing organization. Since 1993, WAMM has grown medical marijuana to supply patients who can’t otherwise afford medicine. Please consider supporting WAMM to help save the farm and keep seriously ill patients from losing their only affordable supply of medical cannabis.
A note from Valerie Corral
Founded in 1993, the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in Santa Cruz, California is the world’s oldest continuously operating medical cannabis collective. We focus on providing low-cost or no-cost organic, sun-grown cannabis and comprehensive, compassionate care to seriously ill patients unable to afford the high prices at dispensaries, including those suffering with cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, PTSD, autism and pediatric epilepsy.
WAMM has eased hundreds of members through their final months by providing end-of-life care through our sister hospice project, and we’ve also provided the medicine, knowledge and community support needed for many others to successfully treat serious conditions until they show no evidence of disease.
My own journey with medical marijuana began in the 1970’s, when my husband and I discovered that cannabis was far more effective in treating my debilitating gran mal epileptic seizures than pharmaceuticals, without all the dangerous side effects. So we started growing our own. And then, after a pair of arrests for cannabis cultivation, instead of backing down, we resolved to help others facing similar persecution.
So in 1996, I co-authored Proposition 215, America’s first statewide medical marijuana law. And since then, what started as a handful of seriously ill patients banding together has grown into a vital collective that services hundreds of chronically and terminally ill members through grassroots community outreach.
That’s why WAMM has always had the strong support of the city and county of Santa Cruz, but in 2002, the Drug Enforcement Agency raided our garden at gunpoint and destroyed our entire crop of state-legal medical cannabis. Several members died as a result of being cut off from their supply. In response, less than two weeks after the DEA raid, we gathered on the steps of City Hall, alongside the mayor of Santa Cruz and other local officials, to defiantly distribute free medicine to members. Next, WAMM successfully sued the federal government.
The garden was subsequently replanted, and grows more beautifully than ever. Most recently, we’ve been at the forefront of providing high-CBD medicine for children with epilepsy and other life-threatening conditions, and designing personalized, integrative cannabis-oil treatments for cancer patients.
But now we face a serious financial crisis. Without your help, WAMM could lose our home and no longer be here for those most in need.
So please read on to learn more about WAMM, and discover all the fun, engaging ways you can help us bring healing, joy, community and cannabis to those in need.
Donate to Help Save WAMM:
“Anyone who has benefited from legal access to medical marijuana has this collective to thank.”
– Wendy Chapkis, contributor to Save WAMM!