WAMM's Freedom and Music Festival

About WAMMfest

Our annual celebration was born in response to the Bush Administration’s attack on our collective garden. In 2002, thirty armed DEA agents raided the home of WAMM founders, Mike and Valerie Corral, arresting them at gunpoint. Agents then used chainsaws to hack down the garden.

What We Did Next

Ten days after the raid, WAMM members responded by having a meeting on the steps of City Hall and provided free medical marijuana to our members. Fortified by the support of our community, WAMM, the Santa Cruz City Council, and the County Board of Supervisors joined in a lawsuit to stop the aggression of the federal government. The raid was intended to be a blow from which we could never recover; instead it prompted us into action.

WAMMfest Lives On!

WAMMfest is a way to say thank you to the city of Santa Cruz and the community as a whole for all the support throughout the years. It's also an event to enrich awareness and promote the civil liberties of sick and dying patients through medical marijuana, and a fundraiser to help us continue the services that we have been provided since 1993.

Join Us This Year!

Join us on October 22, 2011, from 12:00 to 6:00 at San Lorenzo Park, Duck Island, in the beautiful Santa Cruz, California.

WAMMfest 2011: WAMM's Freedom and Music Festival


Sponsored by:

Bhang Chocolates


California NORML

SC Laboratories

Santa Cruz 420

WAMM's Freedom and Music Festival Is A GO!

WAMMFEST 2011 ANNOUNCED America’s oldest medical marijuana collective will host its annual community appreciation event in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 22.

The 9th Annual WAMMFEST in Santa Cruz--a free, public event sponsored by California’s oldest medical cannabis collective--will take place Saturday, October 22 from 12-5 PM in San Lorenzo Park, featuring live music from headliners MOONALICE (moonalice.com), plus Bayonics and the Green Lights, with an after party to follow.

Featuring special guest speakers, a medical marijuana information booth, an art gallery, crafts, dozens of vendors, local food, and a special Prop 215 medicating area for qualified patients, the event began as WAMM’s way of thanking the city for all of its support after a 2002 DEA raid targeted the groundbreaking organization.

Along with both the city and the county of Santa Cruz, WAMM later sued the federal government, forcing them to back off. Today, WAMM not only remains open, they are once again accepting patients as new members. The group also continues to collectively cultivate an outdoor, medical cannabis garden each year, which they use to supply high quality, low cost medical marijuana, edibles, tinctures and more to those in need.

“WAMM is about more than pot, it’s about people,” says Valerie Corral, who co-founded the organization in 1993, and later helped write California’s Proposition 215 voter initiative, which legalized medical marijuana in 1996. “WAMMFEST is our chance to show Santa Cruz who we are and what we stand for, while making sure they know how much we appreciate living in a supportive, compassionate community.”

Our nighttime event has been canceled but people are encouraged to stop by the Cypress Lounge for some delicious food and refreshing beverages!