S.C. City Council Asked To Lift Ban for WAMMFest
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S.C. City Council Asked To Lift Ban for WAMMFest
Posted by CN Staff on July 27, 2010 at 04:04:22 PT
By J.M. Brown, Santa Cruz Sentinel
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Santa Cruz -- After the last several WAMMFests encountered challenges, organizers of Santa Cruz's annual medical marijuana awareness event appear to be in for an easier time getting the city's nod of approval.Today, the City Council will consider lifting a smoking ban at San Lorenzo Park for five hours Sept. 25 to allow authorized pot users to medicate inside open-air tents designed to create privacy. The item is on the council's consent agenda, indicating that it may not be as controversial as in years past.
“For the city, it's a matter of course,” Mayor Mike Rotkin said.The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but if the council OKs temporarily lifting the ban, organizers will allow smoking marijuana only in a separate tent. Medical marijuana identification will be required.Last year, an oversight kept the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana's annual request for a smoking exemption from landing on a council agenda in time for the event. Instead, the group put its tent on county property near the usual site. Police issued two citations for smoking on park property but otherwise applauded WAMM for holding the event in a responsible manner.In 2008, a philosophical divide on the council nearly kept marijuana users from legally participating. Three council members supported lifting the smoking ban but three others were opposed. The tie couldn't be broken that night because a seventh council member was absent, but a compromise proposed two weeks later called for lifting the ban only for the tented area.This year's measure calls for lifting the smoking ban in the entire park, but urges the organizers “to designate a specific enclosed location for medical marijuana treatment.”Councilman Don Lane said he supports the measure because WAMM has acted responsibly in hosting previous events. “They have a good reason for wanting to allow it in just this one instance,” Lane said.Valerie Corral, co-founder of WAMM, said volunteers will monitor the park, asking people who are smoking marijuana to show their medical authorization cards so the event doesn't “turn into hemp-fest.”“It's just really is to keep the focus on the justices that have been met in our own community and on the state level,” Corral said. “We're bringing awareness to an ongoing issue, marijuana as medicine, and the kind of marginalization that still occurs for people who are seriously ill.”The past year has seen a lot of movement on the medicinal marijuana front.In January, WAMM suspended a lawsuit against the federal government on the condition that the Drug Enforcement Agency respect state medical marijuana rules. The DEA raided WAMM's garden and arrested Corral and her husband, Mike, during a 2002 raid, but the Obama administration announced in October that it would stop prosecuting patients or caregivers in states with medical marijuana provisions. California voters approved medical marijuana in 1996.Also this year, over the pleas of patients to expand options, the City Council limited medical pot dispensaries in Santa Cruz to the two operating in the Harvey West area. However, the council now allows the pot shops to open seven days a week and grow more of their own supply in-house.IF YOU GO:WAMMFestWHAT: Annual event by the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana to raise awareness of medical marijuana use. The public event is free. If the city agrees Tuesday to temporarily lift a smoking ban in the park for the event, using marijuana will be allowed only in a separate tent and with a medical marijuana identification card.WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 25WHERE: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave.FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit: or call 425-0580.Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)Author: J.M. Brown, Santa Cruz SentinelPublished: July 26, 2010Copyright: 2010 Santa Cruz SentinelContact: editorial santa-cruz.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on July 28, 2010 at 09:02:04 PT
I do. Thank you, old friend.
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on July 28, 2010 at 05:43:07 PT
"Marijuana Is Now Legal in Washington D.C."
Here's the rub folks. Cannabis was never illegal. You cannot outlaw mother nature. They cannot say you cannot smell the flowers or sit in a tree or bath in the sun. You cannot say, "eat this plant but not that one!"Or rather you can outlaw the sun [in theory] if you are powerful and want to do so but it will be a frivolous act as everyone who wants to will find some sun.They can shoot everyone they see out in the sun but this is not law this is tyranny, isn't it?40 years of tyranny, not law, has governed the WoD
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on July 27, 2010 at 22:53:35 PT
Hope - Feel the Love
Gladys Knight and the Pips - On & On train - The O'Jays (HQ) with lyrics peaceful warriors are dancing.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on July 27, 2010 at 09:21:26 PT
There's no turning back now. We have 2 years to get a lot more done and I know we will. If we get 4 more years under this current administration it might all be over by then.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on July 27, 2010 at 08:33:55 PT
I can't express my joy just yet.... But I've got it!It's happened... hasn't it? The wall is down.There's still huge piles of rubble and, no doubt, some rock throwing yet to happen... but a new day is coming. It's happening. It's happening.
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on July 27, 2010 at 06:24:06 PT
Interesting Developments
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On May 27, at the recommendation of David Bronner, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps granted MAPS $100,000, of which MAPS passed on $5000 to the Wo/mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) and $8,150 to Erowid.
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Emboldened by Appeals Court, 2 Lake Forest Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Reopen.
By Matt Coker, Fri., Jul. 9 2010   10:04AM. Comments (2) Categories: A Clockwork Orange, Cannabis Chronicles, OC Media
Does anyone have an update on this one?
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 27, 2010 at 05:54:26 PT
Marijuana Is Now Legal in Washington D.C.
July 27, 2010Washington, D.C. -- After the Congress passed a D. C Council bill, it meant that medical marijuana is now legal in Washington D. C. It also means that many people who are suffering from chronic problems will be able to get the same for medicinal purposes.It was revealed by Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton that the bill was passed and it was not opposed by the House or the Senate. The D. C. Council bill was approved in the month of May and according to the rules, the Congress had 30 days to review the bill.Even though, the bill faced some criticism from a handful of people, many in the D. C. Council feel that several people living in the city could benefit from medical marijuana, as it is useful for people suffering from chronic problems.Health experts have also welcomed this decision and they feel that it will bring relief to a lot of people who now have to take a lot of medicines and also deal with various side effects of these medicines.But, it will still take a lot of time before people will be able to purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and the Department of Health need to first form various guidelines and rules regarding the eligibility for opening a dispensary.It will also mean that people who are suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and other chronic ailments will be allowed to possess four ounces of medical marijuana.URL:
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