The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) is a collective of patients and caregivers based in Santa Cruz, California. WAMM's unique model centers around providing hope, building community and offering medical marijuana on a donation basis. We offer a safe, organic supply of medical marijuana to patients with a doctor's recommendation.
WAMM has emerged as a unique model, a patient self-help alliance, and an alternative to the inflated prices of an illicit black market. Need rather than financial capability affirm the inherent value of medical marijuana. A handful of seriously ill patients has grown into a collective membership of more than 250 seriously intentioned citizens.
Active in education and research, we provide data regarding our findings. Information collected since 1993 regarding the efficacy of different marijuana varieties and measured effects on different symptoms is the basis for our study. Val has recently completed a second paper, Differential Effects of Medical Marijuana Based on Strain & Route of Administration: A Three-Year Observational Study, peer reviewed and published in 2001. WAMM's financial support is entirely dependent upon donations and funding.
We are not a “buyer’s club,” or "dispensary". We do not sell or marijuana, but rather approved clients with a physician's recommendation receive services based on need and ability. We have assigned a new value to marijuana, the relief that it provides from suffering. Patient/members withdraw provisions from a common holding. Each member receives according to need and returns to WAMM according to ability.
Many dispensaries claim they are a collective, but beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing. WAMM helped create the laws that protect patients, and we are considered the "gold standard" of patient collectives. We are here to help the patient, not to exploit them with the insanely high prices of medicine.
WAMM is a legitimate and necessary community service of Santa Cruz County serving more than 250 seriously ill men and women who suffer from life threatening illness. We do so as a legitimate city agent, functioning in compliance with HS11362.5 and acting in accordance with Santa Cruz City Ordinance SC 2000-06 & 2000-12.
Members receive a multitude of services including medical relief, but the creation of community is an aspect of paramount concern to those disenfranchised by illness. We enlist a collective council responsible for initiating ideas and responding to internal problems. During our weekly support and supply meetings participants join together to find much needed emotional and social support. Sick and dying people often face discrimination, intolerance and arrest. Problem solving, attention to the personal, empowerment, consciousness and awareness are among the gifts that we are called upon to share.
Our family of members finds a collective voice, a means of relief, and a sense of value within the support systems of WAMM. Over the years clients have emerged from the isolation and fear of a life threatening condition to become part of the WAMM community. And when they face what we must all someday face, the inevitability of death, our care teams often include other WAMM members.