Pubdate: Fri, 15 Jul 2005
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA)
Copyright: 2005 San Jose Mercury News
Author: Ken McLaughlin
Bookmark: (Cannabis - California)


Medicinal marijuana patients will carry live cannabis plants through 
the streets of Santa Cruz on Saturday in what is expected to be the 
city's largest demonstration since protesters passed out medicinal 
marijuana at City Hall nearly three years ago.

The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana says the march will be a 
"solemn event" honoring the 154 alliance members who have died since 
the group's inception in 1993. Organizers say more than 1,000 people 
will join the protest against the U.S. Supreme Court's recent 6-3 
ruling that federal laws trump the efforts of California and other 
states to permit pot for sick and dying patients.

The march will begin at noon at Pacific Avenue and Cathcart Street, 
heading north to Church Street. The marchers will then assemble at 
City Hall on Center Street for a 1 p.m. rally.

The September 2002 protest was triggered by a raid on the alliance's 
garden north of Davenport. About 30 Drug Enforcement Administration 
agents carrying M-16s cut down 167 plants, arresting alliance 
founders Valerie and Michael Corral. More march information is at
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