WAMMFEST 2008!

Join us for the best Grass Roots political party in town!  Music – Politik – Poetry – Games – and fun for the family!  Everyone is Welcome!
Noon to 5pm
Saturday September 27th 2008
San Lorenzo Park
Duck Island
Santa Cruz, CA
Suggested donation: $4.20

Valerie Leveroni Corral
Mike Corral
The Sensory Tinge
The Rubber Souls
Michael O.
Robert Holdrige
The Mojo Navigators

for more info: WAMM.org

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Council OKs smoking pot in WAMM tent – From The Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ – Medical marijuana patients will once again be allowed to smoke dope in San Lorenzo Park this Saturday, after city leaders temporarily lifted a smoking ban to allow for a festival celebrating the medicinal herb.

The decision came after testimony from more than 20 patients who reasoned and pleaded with the Santa Cruz City Council to allow them to inhale their medication while partaking in Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana’s annual WAMMfest. Some accused council members of growing old and more conservative, while others said Santa Cruz was losing both its compassion and its weirdness.

“Do not Carmel-ize Santa Cruz,” said Valerie Corral, co-founder of WAMM.

The catch, however, is that the ban was not lifted for the entire park. Instead, those with a medical marijuana identification card only will be allowed to smoke inside a tent designated for that purpose.

“I think it’s good. I think it’s a good compromise,” said WAMM co-founder Mike Corral.

The arrangement is not much different from previous years, where a tent was provided for medical marijuana patients but recreational tokers still smoked up on the lawn.

However, Sean Wharton, a WAMM patient who will double as a security guard at the festival, said he will speak with anyone this year who lights up on the grass.

“I would really like this to happen in the way it has in the past, and I will look for people smoking outside the smoking tent,” Wharton said.

Council members approved the proposal on a 5-1 vote, with Councilwoman Lynn Robinson voting against the measure and Mayor Ryan Coonerty absent.

Robinson said she does not like making exceptions to rules that the city requires everyone else to follow.

“The onus is on the organizers to work within our parameters and not ask our staff to look the other way,” Robinson said.

The issue arose two weeks ago after WAMM requested an exception to the city’s ban on smoking in San Lorenzo Park so its 200 patients could attend WAMMfest and breathe in their drug of choice.

With Councilman Tony Madrigal sick, the City Council split the vote 3-3. All council members voiced their support for medical marijuana, but not all were crazy about granting an exception to city rules for a festival celebrating drugs that are illegal without a prescription, fearing it could draw recreational tokers.

The tie vote pushed the issue onto Tuesday’s agenda, but with Coonerty scheduled to be away, many assumed the vote would split again and no smoking would be allowed. Ed Porter, Cynthia Mathews and Robinson all had voted against lifting the ban.

Porter ended up proposing the compromise that lifted the smoking ban only in the patient tent.

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Thanks to Genevieve Bookwalter & The Santa Cruz Sentinel for this article which I have printed at length.

Happy 15th Birthday to WAMM!

Happy 15th birthday to WAMM and much love to everyone who came out to the 420 celebration! This was a great event and I am beginning to realize how amazing Santa Cruz is! Mike and Valerie Coral didn’t need to dress up, because they are SuperHeros. Below is Valeries response to the UCSC 420 Lockdown…

Valerie Leveroni Corral’s
Opinion of The UCSC 420 Lockdown

UCSC’s 420 lockdown is not about 420. It is an aggressive action against peaceful assembly. Students vote. In Santa Cruz county more that a decade ago medical marijuana passed by 71% and last year marijuana was declared the lowest priority of the law. UCSC, take a breath!

Among the responsibilities of every institution of higher education, including UCSC is: to uphold the constitution, to protect the rights of each student, not to violate them, and to provide public access to citizens of our community whose taxes support UCSC.

Ask yourself, should UCSC be denying the right to peacefully assemble? When 4000 people assemble in support of a common interest this community takes note. The university seeks to create chaos out of peaceful assembly. Shame on you! We thought we taught our elders better! See: The First Amendment of the Constitution.

We welcome everyone (including all people turned away from UCSC) to our free party to celebrate WAMM’s Quinceñera — 15 years of serving each other with medical marijuana. DIY 4/20 at 4:20pm. Join the revolution of consciousness with us. The Free DIY party begins in the parking lot behind Pearl Alley at Lincoln and Cedar and features: Omega Project, Genea Gjaguar, Clown Burlesque, Radical Cheerleaders, Lisa Dewey, Kinetica, Ariginal and Las Palamitas. Simultaneously for those 21 or over with a valid ID our beloved Club Dakota is donating all proceeds from the door to WAMM and DJ A.D. will be spinning Motown. This event is proudly sponsored by the Santa Cruz Dyke March. Dress as your favorite Superhero/Villian. Peace Santa Cruz.

Thanks to Melissa of SantaCruzDykeMarch

Thanks to Corrie for the great pictures!
If you have any good pictures of the show please email them to theomegaproject@onebox.com
omegaprojectmusic.com

NORML podcast on my birthday!! :)

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) has a daily podcast, entitled Daily Audio Stash.  Hosted by Radical Russ, it is the most popular podcast of its type and content in the world.  Carlos from The Omega Project will be interviewed tomorrow Thur. April 10Th.  The show airs online at 4:20 east-coast 1:20 west-coast time.  Big Thanks to Allen St Pierre for the support and wisdom!  Not enough praise can be given to NORML, HIGHTIMES, and WAMM.  3 great organizations pushing herb awareness into the mainstream consciousness.  This Thur. April 10Th is Carlos’ 27Th birthday so please join us on NORMLs Daily Audio Stash.

JAH LOVE ETERNAL!
877*832*2129
omegaprojectmusic.com

Upcoming Omega Project events!

The Omega Project will be playing live at WAMM’s 15th birthday party on 4/20 at 4:20 @:
Club Dakota
1209 Pacific Ave.

Join the Revolution of Consiousness – FREE PARTY
Dress as your favorite Super Hero or Villian.
for more info check out:WAMM.org
SantaCruzDykeMarch.com
omegaprojectproductions.wordpress.com
Also, The Omega Project will be having an EarthDay Celebration on April 22nd at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA.
We are Headlining after Junior Boogie.  $5 +21 9pm %10 of proceeds to go to benefit.
Finally, The Omega Project will be playing at The Mirimar on the Santa Cruz wharf on May 4th. 
Thanks to everyone who came out to The Atrium and helped us make it a great night!
JAH Love Eternal!