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July 03, 2005

Wo/men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana March

The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), raided by the federal government in September 2002, is marching in downtown Santa Cruz, California on July 16 at the Pacific Garden Mall.

The March will begin at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cathcart Streets
walking north and proceed to Church Street, then assemble at Santa Cruz
City Hall where a press conference will be held at 1pm.

WAMM is expecting more than 1,000 people to participate in this
demonstration of community solidarity opposing the recent decisions by Congress and the
Supreme Court that leaves sick and dying Californians
vulnerable to persecution from the federal government.

In a symbolic act of compassionate access, WAMM patient members will lead
the March carrying live medical marijuana plants. This solemn event will
honor the 154 WAMM members who have died since its inception in 1993.

WAMM received the first ever federal injunction against additional federal raids last year. Since the Supreme Court's Raich decision on medical cannabis, WAMM founders Valerie and Mike Corral expect the government to petition the courts to lift the injunction. They also expect to be targeted by federal prosecutors and are already under investigation by the IRS which has referred their case to the criminal division.

The irony of these investigations is that WAMM is purest example of a medical cannabis collective which charges no money for its cannabis and never purchases the marijuana its patients use. The collective grows its own cannabis and depends on donationed cannabis when the government seizes their crop. The government will lose this fight. It has already emboldened federal judges to defy the policies of the U.S. Justice Department and placed the most critically ill patients in the center of the medical cannabis debate.

Posted by ann at July 3, 2005 01:36 AM


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