WAMM members working with processed marijuana to make capsules or ‘Meri Caps’ for members that cannot smoke marijuana.

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WAMM members working with processed marijuana to make capsules or ‘Meri Caps’ for members that cannot smoke marijuana.
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Members of Wo/Mens’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) working with processed marijuana or kief, make ‘Meri Caps’ for other members that cannot smoke marijuana. Founded in 1993 WAMM is the United States oldest continuously operating medical cannabis collective. In 2002 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raided the WAMM Garden on private secluded property in the Santa Cruz Mountains and destroyed the collective’s crop of state-legal marijuana plants. According to a statement by WAMM several of the group’s nearly 200 members died as a result of not having access to their marijuana. After the DEA raid, WAMM with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union and the City of Santa Cruz successfully sued the U.S. Federal Government and continues to grow “safe, organic medical marijuana” for its members. Under the Federal Controlled Substances act of 1970, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug having high potential for abuse, no medical use, and not safe to use without medical supervision. In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 215 which removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients with a written recommendation from their physician. In opposition to U.S. Federal law at the end of 2013, 20 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws that allow people to use marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. In 2014, first the U.S. State of Colorado and then Washington State voted to allow the legal sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use. Photo by Chuck Nacke
Location: Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, Santa Cruz, California, USA