WAMM (Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana) has been in operation since 1993 in Santa Cruz, California, and is the longest continually running medical cannabis collective on Earth, according to its co-founder Valorie Corral. And now, due to financial setbacks, the collective may close, unless their Go Fund Me goal of $150,000 is met.
During its operation, WAMM has taken part in every chapter of California’s journey toward a tenable medical marijuana program. The garden was the victim of a DEA raid in 2002, during which collective members were held at gunpoint while WAMM’s entire crop was destroyed. Corral says that several members died because of the shortage of medicine caused by the raid. In retaliation, WAMM sued the federal government and won, setting an important precedent in the sovereignty of state cannabis law. Corral also co-authored Prop 215, the California Compassionate Use Act, and so is partly to thank every time we in the Golden State enjoy the privilege of medical marijuana.
The collective repopulated their garden after the DEA raid and have since provided flowers, concentrates, tinctures, edibles and oils to patients in need. WAMM has been at the forefront of developing CBD strains to better serve patients, especially those suffering, like Corral, from epilepsy. They also, bless their pea-picking hearts, have a sister hospice care program that assists patients in their final days.
As of the time this article was written, WAMM’s crowdfunding campaign has raised nearly $7,500. A small donation or a spreading the word could do a lot of good for these cannabis do-gooders and keep some brave MMJ pioneers in operation.
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