The Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana a.k.a WAMM has been operating out of Santa Cruz, California for over two decades, but the collective is in danger of closing shop for patients if they don’t receive the necessary funding.
Founded in 1993, WAMM is America’s oldest continuously operating medical cannabis collective, according the the organization’s website. They provide low-cost and free medicalmarijuana to California patients with a doctor’s recommendation for chronic and terminal illnesses.
If I had to get my daughter’s medicine from a dispensary, I’d probably go broke
If I had to get my daughter’s medicine from a dispensary, I’d probably go broke ,” a man named Danny said inWAMM’s crowdfunding video. Danny’s 12-year-old daughter, Justine, suffers from seizures and currently uses WAMM to access low-cost cannabis oil that is non-psychoactive, but has a high level of Cannabidiols (CBD). After Justine started using the oil, she went seven weeks without having a seizure.
Non-psychoactiveextracts have been praised for their medical uses, especially with children, an obvious concern for parents considering using medical marijuana as a treatment for their kids.
Valerie Corral, cofounder of WAMM knows the pains of frequent seizures all too well. In 1974 her then-husband Mike discovered that Valerie’s epilepsy symptoms were suppressed after smoking cannabis, and thus WAMM was born to help others in their community.
In 1996, Valerie coauthored Prop 215, which made California the first state to legalize medical marijuana. After serving the community for more than 20 years, the organization is seeking financial assistance and has setup a crowdfunding campaign.
Originally, the Corrals donated their private land to the nonprofit, however now that Mike and Valerie’s divorce is being finalized, the two must split up the land where WAMM resides, The Santa Cruz Sentential reports.
The property will cost WAMM $1.5 million, however the Indiegogo campaign is only seeking $150,000.
“It’s a reasonable goal. It won’t buy the land, but it will buy us some time,” Valerie told the Sentential, adding “This is not a failure of WAMM’s social model. Maybe WAMM is too dependent on the generosity of Mike and me, but perhaps now is the time that we may see the same generosity from others.”
Although medical and recreational marijuana is legal in many areas of the United States, it is still considered illegal on the federal level. Marijuana is currently classified as a schedule 1 narcotic, alongside heroin and LSD, under the Controlled Substances Act and is considered by the Drug Enforcement Agency to have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”