WAMMfest Celebrates 7th Year at San Lorenzo Park
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WAMMfest Celebrates 7th Year at San Lorenzo Park
Posted by CN Staff on September 23, 2010 at 06:12:18 PT
By Wallace Baine
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Santa Cruz -- Yes, it's a party, but not that kind of party. The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana, or WAMM, has been around long enough that only the most clueless of locals mention its name in the same breath as Cheech & Chong.The organization's annual public celebration, known as WAMMfest, will mark its seventh year on Saturday at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz. And while WAMM becomes more and more a familiar part of the Santa Cruz landscape, the message that the event is not an excuse for weekend stoners to burn a blunt in public is still something the group feels compelled to repeat.
"It's not a smoke-out in the park," said WAMM's executive director and co-founder Valerie Corral. "We have a general rap that we give, that we have a cordoned-off area where patients can go to medicate, but you have to have your medical marijuana permit card."The event takes place noon to 5 p.m. with several food and information booths. Live music from the Duck Island Stage includes well-known Santa Cruz musicians Keith Greeninger, Sherry Austin and Sharon Allen and the bands Wooster and Jason Bond & the Committee. The live entertainment will be hosted by KPIG's "Sleepy John" Sandidge.WAMMfest represents the organization's most prominent opportunity to interact with the public. Corral said the collective's guiding motto is, "It's not about pot, it's about people." In that respect, WAMM offers health care services for people with chronic and terminal illnesses, including not only access to a safe supply of medicinal marijuana but the Design for Dying project that provides 24-hour service for patients facing death.Corral stressed that the WAMMfest is a day devoted to fun and relaxation -- "We'll also have poetry and politics and games for everyone." But she said, the organization has to be mindful of security, and works to ensure recreational marijuana use is not part of the festivities."We keep it clear what our intentions are," she said, adding that WAMM has a security team on hand to keep things safe and stress-free for everyone. "But really, in recent years, we haven't had much problems with unauthorized marijuana smoking. We have more trouble with cigarette smokers."If you go: Wammfest 2010: the Life in GreenWhen: Noon to 5 p.m. SaturdayWhere: San Lorenzo Park, Santa CruzCost: Donations requestedDetails: or 425-0580Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)Author: Wallace BainePublished: September 23, 2010Copyright: 2010 Santa Cruz SentinelContact: editorial santa-cruz.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #12 posted by Paint with light on September 24, 2010 at 20:27:31 PT
Thanks for the update.It sounds like your body is accepting the treatments and responding as it should.We are all pulling for you.This is quite a switch.You have TV and I don't. I haven't had TV since February when I cut the cable to save on expenses and regain a few hours of my life each day.I would miss it more if not for the internet and some of my personal projects.Friends have offered to bring me over some movies to watch but I decline because I just don't want to take the time right now.TV makes for good entertainment and it can be good for massaging the mind.Relax, watch some TV, and heal.You deserve it.Legal like TV.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on September 24, 2010 at 06:51:11 PT
I really love our new Plasma since our LCD quit. Last night a program on volcanoes was on and it was awesome to see in HD on a big screen Plasma. The Plasma is much better then the LCD was. We all need to escape from reality to keep us from going bonkers. 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on September 24, 2010 at 06:42:01 PT
The TV is thanks to your urging. It is distracting some times... and some times, I really, really need distracting.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on September 24, 2010 at 06:20:12 PT
I am glad you are only tired and have a TV to watch now.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on September 24, 2010 at 06:10:02 PT
FoM Comment 6
Thank you. That's so sweet.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on September 24, 2010 at 06:07:37 PT
Thank you, Paint with light.
It seemed like about time I needed to say a word or two so you'll would know I was still alive. I am.Good news is I haven't needed the walking stick in a few weeks. Not so good news is that I seem to need to lay down and rest a lot more.Doc says I'm doing great. Good labs. No anemia. No infections or fevers. No strange bleeding or bruising. Just the relatively normal kind for the circumstances... like my fingernails look smashed without actually having been smashed. Bearing up relatively well under it all. Still alive. All that good stuff.I'm having such an easy time of it compared to what some people with cancer go through. I get very angry at the people all up in arms saying too many people seem to need cannabis in the legal states. "Two out of three men will get cancer at some point in their lives. One in three women." That's a lot of people and it doesn't even take into account aids, glaucoma, wasting syndromes, fibromyalgia, lupus and so many other ailments that cannabis can be very helpful in safely and gently alleviating.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on September 24, 2010 at 05:58:58 PT
A Day Without Hope
Is a day without sunshine! We love you lady!
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Comment #5 posted by Paint with light on September 23, 2010 at 22:38:11 PT
I was starting to get worried.Each day I don't see your posts, my concern grows.Good light and health to you.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on September 23, 2010 at 19:36:34 PT
And maybe 
a bit of intelligent or gracious humility.Yeah... I know it's hard sometimes.:0)
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on September 23, 2010 at 19:34:43 PT
There are comments... K. jumped right in there.Reason! Gentleness! Please, my Brothers and Sisters in humanity and in the struggle to end a really terrible societal injustice that has gone on way too long.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on September 23, 2010 at 13:19:30 PT
So, I'm reading about a failed clergy who is the "public face of the campaign to stop the marijuana legalization initiative has been Bishop Ron Allen, a prominent black preacher""". ( ) And I start the investigation of this guy because I'm usually curious what kind of "clergyman" who throws around the name of JESUS is interested in caging humans for using what Our Father says is good on the 1st page of the Bible.So, on this site, I see a list of law enforcers who support 19 and thought I'd share it: (Bishop Ron Allen, What Would Jesus Do As It Pertains To Drug Users and What Are You Doing?)Proposition 19, also known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which will be on the November 2, 2010 California statewide ballot as an initiated state statute is endorsed by:• San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara (Ret.)• Seattle Police Chief and San Diego Deputy Police Chief Norm Stamper (Ret.)• Former Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Stephen Downing• Former Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant and former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney William John Cox• Former Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriff David Sinclair• Humboldt County Sheriff’s Captain Stephen Cobine (Ret.)• Former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff MacKenzie Allen• Former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Jeff Studdard• Former Sutter County Deputy Sheriff Nate Bradley• Former Yolo County Resident Deputy Sheriff Danny Maynard• Former Deputy Sheriff Leo E. Laurence, J.D., Central Missouri• Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray (Ret.)• Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos• San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan (Ret.)• Former Senior Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney and Prosecutor Jeffrey Schwartz• Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney and California Administrative Law Judge Mike Schmier• Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Walter Clark (Ret.)• Former Orange County Senior Reserve Park Ranger L. Lawrence Baird• Oakland City Attorney John Russo• Former Community Prosecutor James Anthony, Oakland City Attorney’s Office• Los Angeles Police Department Narcotics Detective David Doddridge (Ret.)• Former San Jose Police Department Narcotics Detective Russ Jones• Former Los Angeles Senior Police Specialist Walter McKay• California Correctional Peace Officer William Baldwin (Ret.)• California Correctional Peace Officer Madeline Martinez (Ret.)• Former Military Police Officer Dr. Nina Graves, Santa Barbara, CA• Mohave County Deputy Probation Officer Joe Miller (Ret.)• Former Lakeport Police Officer Rick Erickson• Former San Francisco Police Officer Bill Dake• Former Stanton Police Officer Jerry Ross• Former Torrance Police Officer Kyle Kazan-0-And for the life of Me, I can not understand a black clergyman who wants to continue to harm the black community. -0-WoW, Bishop Ron Allen. Is that the best you can do for My Master?
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on September 23, 2010 at 07:34:11 PT
Gretchen Burns Bergman
US CA: OPED: Compassion, Not Criminalization
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