WAMM’s Freedom and Music Festival Is A GO!
WAMMFEST 2011 ANNOUNCED America’s oldest medical marijuana collective will host its annual community appreciation event in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 22.
The 9th Annual WAMMFEST in Santa Cruz–a free, public event sponsored by California’s oldest medical cannabis collective–will take place Saturday, October 22 from 12-5 PM in San Lorenzo Park, featuring live music from headliners MOONALICE (moonalice.com), plus Bayonics and the Green Lights, with an after party to follow.
Featuring special guest speakers, a medical marijuana information booth, an art gallery, crafts, dozens of vendors, local food, and a special Prop 215 medicating area for qualified patients, the event began as WAMM’s way of thanking the city for all of its support after a 2002 DEA raid targeted the groundbreaking organization.
Along with both the city and the county of Santa Cruz, WAMM later sued the federal government, forcing them to back off. Today, WAMM not only remains open, they are once again accepting patients as new members. The group also continues to collectively cultivate an outdoor, medical cannabis garden each year, which they use to supply high quality, low cost medical marijuana, edibles, tinctures and more to those in need.
“WAMM is about more than pot, it’s about people,” says Valerie Corral, who co-founded the organization in 1993, and later helped write California’s Proposition 215 voter initiative, which legalized medical marijuana in 1996. “WAMMFEST is our chance to show Santa Cruz who we are and what we stand for, while making sure they know how much we appreciate living in a supportive, compassionate community.”
This year’s WAMMFEST will also feature, for the first time, a special “Halloweed” themed after party fundraiser at the Cypress Lounge. Tickets are available at the door, and cost $10.