Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana: Is Third Time The Charm For WAMM?


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WAMM grows medical marijuana for terminally ill patients.

​A case which could have far reaching implications in patient access to medical marijuana is coming back to court for a settlement hearing on Friday.

On January 22, the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), a collective which provides medical cannabis to the terminally and critically ill at no cost, will be in federal court in San Jose, California, for the hearing in WAMM’s joint lawsuit against the federal government.

Details of the settlement will be released following the court hearing.

The 10th Amendment lawsuit stems from a 2002 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raid on WAMM’s collective marijuana garden, where 30 armed agents used chainsaws to destroy the medicine for 200 sick and dying patients.
The case, County of Santa Cruz, et. al. vs. Eric H. Holder, Jr., et. al., has been making its way through the labyrinthine court system for more than seven years and four Attorneys General.
The City and County of Santa Cruz have both enjoined WAMM’s suit.
The Obama Administration last year stated a new policy of relaxing enforcement actions on medical marijuana organizations that abide by applicable state laws.

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Valerie Corral, WAMM’s co-founder, speaks out for medical marijuana patients.

​Valerie Corral will be reading a prepared statement to the court, which will be made public following the hearing.
“We urge all supporters, WAMM members and caregivers, and friends and family to attend and show your support at the hearing,” WAMM said in a press release.
“We offer our deepest gratitude to our attorneys who have provided many tiresome hours of pro-bono work, protecting our collective, all medical marijuana organizations like ours, patients and states that have medical marijuana laws in place,” WAMM said.
The U.S. District Courthouse is located at:
U.S. District Court, Judge Jeremy Fogel, Courtroom No. 3, 5th Floor
280 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
WAMM says it is “the longest running medical marijuana organization in the nation and the only one of its kind.”
According to the group, “WAMM is the model upon which local, state, national and international law has been formulated.”
For more information about the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana and the services they provide for terminally ill marijuana patients, visit their website at www.wamm.org.

Photo: Jackie Meaden
WAMM members, caregivers, family members and concerned community leaders hold signs with images of members who have already passed on at a demonstration in 2005.