Save WAMM: America’s Oldest Cannabis Collective

There are thousands of licensed cannabis-related businesses these days in states like Colorado, Washington and California; and soon enough too in Alaska and Oregon. Medical cannabis-related businesses also dot the national landscape as well.

When Californians were the first in 1996 to cast votes in favor of allowing medical access to cannabis, with a near singular message of ‘compassion’ for patients that need therapeutic access to the plant. Advocates for the passage of Prop. 215 (including NORML) didn’t envisage that the initiative did more than two primary things:

-exempt from criminal arrest and prosecution medical patients who possess physician’s recommendation to use cannabis as a therapeutic

-allow for ‘compassionate’ access through collectives that, ideally, were to be not for profit

Well…culture, custom, commerce and the free market–not too surprisingly–largely came to trump compassion as a primary impetus for a medical cannabis collective’s being. The hundreds of medical cannabis businesses that currently exist in California labor under laws originally meant for lending legal protections for ‘self-preservation’ and ‘collectivism’ regarding how medical cannabis was to be a distributed to the sick, dying and sense-threatened.

However, one genuine cannabis patient collective has managed to survive for 20 years, the Santa Cruz-based WAMM.

Headed by NORML Advisory board member and MS patient Valerie Corral, WAMM has been a remarkable leader in legal challenges to federal encroachment, medical and botanical research. WAMM provides a comfortable, nurturing and inviting environment–physically and emotionally–to women and men who need therapeutic access to cannabis, in safe environs and who want to be part of a community that cultivates and shares the cannabis grown amongst the collective’s members.

Please see links to related articles about the current challenges WAMM faces at High Times and Good Times.

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  1. Yeah I remember this, f@@ing feds with egg on face. Press gave us a break evening news showing smashed equipment, and busted in store fronts. Those were brave people the first medical marijuana people, and indoor growers also, they saved the plant we all love big thanks you are heroes to me.

  2. There are so many ways to use cannabis for healing: juicing, vaping, baking, tea, etc. WAMM has helped many people, yet the Supreme Court shamefully decided against WAMM and the intrastate exception of the Commerce Clause, to restrict their activities permitted by state law regarding marijuana, due to the federal definition of that “substance”.

    Members and supporters of WAMM can respond to that unjust decision by signing this petition to instruct the DEA to stop equating cannabis with marijuana, and start using a scientific, constitutional, and just interpretation of the federal definition of marijuana.

    This year is a good time to take action.

  3. .

    The June issue of National Geographic features an in-depth look at the science and medicine of cannabis that’s guaranteed to open a few minds.

    NatGeo hangs out with the discoverer of THC, Raphael Mechoulam, who reports: “We have just scratched the surface … we may well discover that cannabinoids are involved in some way in all human diseases.”

    The magazine goes inside a 20,000-plant grow in Denver, and also interviews a biochemist who is studying the plant’s anti-tumor properties:

    “… tumors in a third of the rats were eradicated and in another third, reduced. …’The problem is,’ he says, ‘mice are not humans. We do not know if this can be extrapolated to humans at all.’”

    And NatGeo profiles some medical marijuana refugees in Colorado who are there treating their daughter’s intractable seizures.

    “Meagan experimented with high-CBD oil. The seizures all but stopped. She weaned Addy off some of her other meds, and it was as though she’d come back from a coma. ‘It sounds like a small thing,’ says Meagan. “But’if you have a child who smiles for the first time in many, many months, well, your whole world changes.’

    By early last year the Patricks had made up their minds. They would move to Colorado to join the movement. ‘It was a no-brainer,’ Meagan says. ‘If they were growing something on Mars that might help Addy, I’d be in my backyard building a spaceship.’”

    The piece concludes with a portrait of a geneticist assembling the raw, unsorted code of cannabis DNA into its proper order.

    “‘… with this cannabis work, the science will not be incremental. It will be transformative. Transformative not just in our understanding of the plant but also of ourselves—our brains, our neurology, our psychology. Transformative in terms of the biochemistry of its compounds. Transformative in terms of its impact across several different industries, including medicine, agriculture, and biofuels. It may even transform part of our diet—hemp seed is known to be a ready source of a very healthy, protein-rich oil.’Cannabis, Kane says, ‘is an embarrassment of riches.’” – David Downs

  4. Me being in this movement for over 15yrs, Wamm and their co-founder Valerie Corral gave me the motivation, being a patient myself to work for the medical use of cannibis. Wamm is a collective of terminal patients that took the law to task and very early in 1996 gathered together to grow their own medicine..thru the years, scores of dying folks spent their last months with the relief of suffering that cannibis can give..if there are angels among us they are members of Wamm..I strongly urge people everywhere to give Wamm whatever they can as I and all of us will need a Wamm someday and to have them there with their love and care would be the model for “Hospice” services everywhere.

  5. Today, WAMM continues to service the most ill and in need, while playing a leading role in researching the miraculous healing potential of highly concentrated cannabis oils, including THC- and CBD-rich blends, and other treatments that members credit with saving their lives. Even as an increasing number of states look to legalize marijuana outright, WAMM’s focus on the plant’s medicinal properties remains more than cutting edge.

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