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Invisibleveggie

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Santa Cruz WAMMFest [CA]
    #4646405 - 09/11/05 04:38 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Serious and not-so-serious issues highlight local pot club's festival
September 11, 2005 - santacruzsentinel.com

SANTA CRUZ - He's smoked pot since he was 14.

Eighty-four-year-old George Van Vlaenderen's early experiences with marijuana were in the mid-1930s, before its use was prohibited by federal law.

Now, smoking the drug relieves eye pressure caused by his cataracts, the World War II veteran Navy pilot said.

He stood in the sunshine near a members-only smoking tent at the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana gathering Saturday and shared his thoughts.

Those who could legalize the drug, he said, have a vested interest in keeping marijuana illegal.

Allowing people to use products of the cannabis plant legally, he said, "would eliminate the need for a lot of prescription drugs."

"They'll do everything in their power to make sure it's not legal," Van Vlaenderen said, "because it would cost them millions of dollars ... they're scared like hell."

In spite of his jaunty beret and ready smile, the WAMM member's perspective represented more serious aspects of WAMMFest.

Beyond the cemetery of paper gravestones set up by the festival's organizers to represent deceased members, less grave aspects of the festival were in evidence.

"Get laid by a WAMM member: only $5" read a sign advertising Hawaiian-style leis of strung plastic cannabis leaves.

And a dreadlocked Homer Simpson toking from a bong graced the front of a tie-dyed "original art" shirt hawked by Jerry Converse. "Ahh, bong hits," the shirt reads.

Another shirt features Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbs) smoking a large marijuana cigarette.

"But on the back," Converse said, picking up the garment and showing it off, "he turns into spaceman Spliff on a giant Rastafarian joint planet."

WAMM co-founder Valerie Corral dismisses purely recreational users who try to associate themselves with her group.

More pressing issues are at hand, she said.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court did away with protections for marijuana cooperatives. Drug Enforcement Agency raids are a reality once again.

But eventually, she said, medical necessity will overcome politics.

"Everybody faces death - we're all future skulls," she said. And keeping marijuana illegal "hasn't saved or extended a single life."

WAMM member Diana Poppay, 48, emerges from the smoking tent. The mother of two said she has suffered with multiple sclerosis since 1975, and that medical marijuana's effects have helped relieve pain, stop her muscle spasms and it allows her to eat and sleep in peace.

She said she's thankful for the pure, organic drugs she gets through Corral's cooperative. She doesn't trust other sources of marijuana.

"On the street," she said, "you don't know what they're doing with that stuff."

Corral said she welcomes government scrutiny.

"If (government officials) watch us closely enough, they'll fall in love with WAMM," she said. "We're going to charm the DEA."


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Invisibledblaney
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Re: Santa Cruz WAMMFest [CA] [Re: veggie]
    #4646501 - 09/11/05 05:01 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

"If (government officials) watch us closely enough, they'll fall in love with WAMM," she said. "We're going to charm the DEA."

By "charm the DEA" I assume they mean get them really stoned? :grin:


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Re: Santa Cruz WAMMFest [CA] [Re: dblaney]
    #4646680 - 09/11/05 06:05 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

dude I was at that fest, it was pretty chillin.


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Re: Santa Cruz WAMMFest [CA] [Re: CptnGarden]
    #4646970 - 09/11/05 07:25 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Really??

Far out man...good cause too


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But makes for the heaviest sword"
- John Mayer

Making the noise "penicillin" is no substitute for actually taking penicillin.

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." -Abraham Lincoln


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Re: Santa Cruz WAMMFest [CA] [Re: dblaney]
    #4648182 - 09/12/05 12:06 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

I was in Santa Cruz this summer... i really liked it there... the vibe was ubermellow and there were friendly gorgeous women everywhere...


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Re: Santa Cruz WAMMFest [CA] [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #4648707 - 09/12/05 02:02 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

I know... it rocks here besides the police brutality. but im sure portland will be better.


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Re: Santa Cruz WAMMFest [CA] [Re: CptnGarden]
    #4648824 - 09/12/05 02:33 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

yah, the only thing that sucked was when the cops cleared the area after the stores closed... luckily i had a nice rental car, so the cops didn't fuck with us... they did give us a police escort back to the interstate, which i took to mean 'get out and stay out'


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