Tickets for 2015 Cannabis Cup will be available soon.
Valerie and Mike Corral to Receive HT Lifetime Achievement Award
We are honored to bestow the HIGH TIMES Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award upon Valerie and Mike Corral, the founders of WAMM.
Founded in 1993, the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) is the nation’s oldest continuously operating medical cannabis collective. By focusing on the needs of patients and caregivers, WAMM provides hope and builds community while offering a safe, organic supply of medical marijuana to patients with a doctor’s recommendation for the treatment of terminal and chronic illness.
WAMM has been described as “the gold standard of medical marijuana” by a federal judge. Valerie and Mike, a couple in Santa Cruz, CA, first started secretly growing marijuana together in the 1970’s, after Valerie found that cannabis effectively helped to control her epileptic seizures. Following a pair of arrests, the Corral’s resolved to help others facing similar persecution, and soon local patients started seeking them out.
In 2002, the Drug Enforcement Agency raided the WAMM garden and destroyed the collective’s entire crop of state-legal medical cannabis. Several members died as a result of being cut off from their supply.
In response, less than two weeks after the DEA raid, WAMM gathered on the steps of City Hall, alongside the mayor of Santa Cruz and other local officials, to defiantly distribute free medicine to members.
Next, with support from the ACLU and the City of Santa Cruz, WAMM successfully sued the federal government. The garden was subsequently replanted, and now grows more beautifully than ever.
Valerie and Mike’s compassion and commitment to the cause has been an inspiration to our community. They helped architect Prop 215, California’s historic medical marijuana law, and have long been a proponent of the true value of cannabis — it’s ability to heal. On June 29, at the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the cannabis community will honor Valerie and Mike Corral.
Meet the distinguished panelists and lecturers who will appear in our seminars. All seminars take place in the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds seminar hall.
Saturday, June 28
Expo doors opens at noon.
Breaking Dab: A discussion of the growing world of cannabis concentrates.
Bobby Black (moderator) HIGH TIMES
Sheebie Nesta Charras, HaHa Fabrication
Rezwan Khan, Seedless Clothing
Addison Demoura, Steep Hill Halent
K, Trichome Tech
JJ, concentrate producer
Cannabis for Health, Happiness & Creativity
Debby Goldsberry (moderator) Bay Area activist
Diane Fornbacher, NORML Women’s Alliance
Kymron deCesare, Taoist minister
Courtney Sheats, activist
Jeremy Daw, journalist
HIGH TIMES presents “Free Weed from Danny Danko” featuring a panel of cultivation experts.
Danny Danko (moderator), HIGH TIMES
Subcool & MzJill, TGA Genetics
K, Trichome Tech
Rick Pfrommer, Harborside Health Center
Kyle Kushman, breeder
DJ Short, breeder
Aaron, DNA Genetics
Russ Belville presents “The Results of Legalization”
WAMM Patient’s Panel
Valerie Corral leads a panel of patients who have been helped by WAMM’s affordable low-cost medical marijuana.
Sunday, June 29
Expo doors open at noon
“How to open a business in the cannabis industry.”
Jen Bernstein, HIGH TIMES (moderator)
Aaron Justis, Buds & Roses Collective
Liana Held, Liana Limited
Merry Toppins, Cannabis chef & caterer
Aaron, DNA Genetics
Jon Gettman presents: “Competition and Cannabis Markets”
In a legal market, who gets to grow pot and why? The debate over legalization is changing to address the nature of competition and how it serves the interests of consumers, merchants and the public. A star panel will address these issues and provide their visions for how a legal marijuana market should be regulated and whose interests it should serve.
“The Art of Edibles”
Elise McDonough, HIGH TIMES
Julianna Carella, Auntie Dolores Co-op, Inc.
Deborah Schatan, Edible Complexe
Big Pete’s Treats
Kurt, Badfish Extracts
B.E. Smith presents “Unalienable Rights vs. Civil Rights”
The HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup Awards ceremony
What is a Cannabis Cup?
It’s a two-day trade show/EXPO incorporating vendor booths in a main building with an extended outdoor component for additional vendor booths. This year’s event will take place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa).
Inside booths range from glassware and clothing to grow equipment and artwork. Inside also features three seminars per day either in a sectioned off area off the main floor or in a private “theater” like setting. The seminar topics include legalization regulations featuring California experts, current political issues, grow seminars with HIGH TIMES editors as well as a cooking seminar from our own Cannabis Cookbook author.
The outdoor component is typically a fenced off area with privacy screening, not visible to the general public. Medicating (smoking) is allowed in this area for those with a valid medical card and a picture ID (for medical states). Visitors are wrist banded for entry. Security is posted to assure these regulations are followed.
No selling or distributing of cannabis is allowed.
There is Saturday night entertainment typically starting @ 8PM and lasting till @ 11PM.
Either at the venue or in another venue if room does not allow.
The entire event is protected by outside hired security. Every security company we’re hired for these events has stated that we have the most polite and respectful attendees of any events they work (including sporting events, concerts etc.).
This event is a celebratory and informational gathering for vendors and patients.
In 2014, HIGH TIMES magazine will return to the San Francisco Bay Area for the fifth time. Each year, this event has increased in size and attendance. (Last year’s Cup even featured a Ferris wheel and circus performers.) As recreational cannabis hasn’t yet been legalized in California, our “medication” areas are restricted to medical marijuana patients.