PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release DATE: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 CONTACT: Joe Paquin, 831-425-0580, joe at wamm.org Manager of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM). San Jose, CA. - The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), a collective which provides medical marijuana to the terminally and critically ill at no cost, is having a settlement hearing in our case against the federal government this Friday, January 15, 2010, at 10:30 A.M. The case, County of Santa Cruz, Et Al V. Eric H. Holder, Jr., Et Al, has been working its way through the court system over the last 7 years, and over the past 4 Attorney Generals. Our lawsuit stems from a 2002 Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raid on WAMM's collective garden, where armed agents used chainsaws to destroy the medicine for 200 sick and dying patients. This suit was enjoined by the City and County of Santa Cruz. The new administration has agreed to relax their aggressive actions. Valerie Corral will be reading a prepared statement to the court, which will be publically released after the hearing. We urge all supporters, WAMM members and caregivers, and friends and family to come show support at the hearing. The US District Courthouse is located at the following address: US District Court, Judge Jeremy Fogel, Courtroom No. 3, 5th Floor 280 South 1st St. San Jose, CA. 95113 Details of the settlement will be released following the court hearing. Valerie and Mike Corral, as well as their attorneys, will be available after the hearing for comment. We would like to thank our lawyers, who have provided many tiresome hours of pro-bono work, protecting our members and our collective. This includes Gerald Uelmen, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University Law School, Graham Boyd and Allen Hopper of the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, Frank Kennamer, Neha Nissen, Troy Sauro, and Rachel Sommovilla of Bingham McCutchen, Daniel Abrahamson, and Ethan Nadelmann of Drug Policy Alliance, and Ben Rice of Ben Rice Law. For more information about the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana and the services we provide for terminally ill medical marijuana patients, please visit our website at http://www.wamm.org.