Valerie Corral – 2
In response to their arrest, the city of Santa Cruz allowed WAMM to distribute marijuana on the steps of city hall on September 17. WAMM is presently engaged in a lawsuit against the federal government for their right to use medical marijuana, and the City Council of Santa Cruz, as well as the County of Santa Cruz, has signed on to this historic lawsuit–acknowledging WAMM as an integral part of the Santa Cruz Health Care system. In this high profile case–County of Santa Cruz et al. v. Ashcroft–Judge Jeremy Fogel of the Northern District of California has granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction, and denied the government’s motion to dismiss the Plaintiffs’ complaint. This ruling protects WAMM while the lawsuit is pending, and allows the collective to resume cultivation. This is a landmark victory for medical marijuana patients. Although the Federal government has already appealed the decision, and the case is headed for the Supreme Court, at the time of this writing, WAMM is the only 100% federally legal medical marijuana garden in America.
In her capacity as director of WAMM over the last eleven years, Corral has testified before California State legislative committees of the Senate & the Assembly. She has received Proclamations and Resolutions from Santa Cruz City and Santa Cruz County, and was Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission Woman of the Year