Valerie Corral, Wo/man’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), Santa Cruz, CA

Valerie Corral

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Valerie Leveroni Corral is the Director and Co-founder of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, the longest running medical marijuana collective in the nation, founded in 1993. WAMM is not a dispensary or a buyer’s club. Rather, WAMM is a unique model in the medical marijuana industry, dedicated to the needs of seriously ill patients, providing medical marijuana and care on a donation basis. WAMM’s services expanded as patient’s need emerged, serving patients to include bedside care, shopping, cooking, and emotional support.
WAMM propagates organic medicine in the collective garden. WAMM develops all organic products and provides a holistic approach to healing. Weekly meetings provide a forum for patients to connect, a means to advance and collect anecdotal evidence important in researching patient experiences. Naturally WAMM has grown to meet the needs of dying members by developing a sister non-profit, called Raha Kudo, the Design for Dying Project in order to.
Following an auto accident in 1973 Valerie learned that marijuana could control her seizures. In 1992 Valerie was thrust into the medical marijuana debate as the first patient to challenge California’s medical marijuana laws. Subsequently, Valerie co-authored P215, the Compassionate Use Act, was appointed to the California Commission to regulate P.215. She has conducted research projects and has peer reviewed published findings in Journal Of Cannabis Therapeutics. She is co-plaintiff in law-suits against the federal government enjoined with the City and County of Santa Cruz, including a 2010 settlement with the federal government allowing “collectives” to continue WAMMs work without federal interference.
She has advised the US Congress on marijuana policy, as well as government agencies in the Middle East, the British Commonwealth and other EU countries. Valerie’s work has spanned the nation and the globe in the political, legislative arena and through direct services

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