By Oscar Pascual |
Getting stoned and eating food can sometimes do a little good.
Aurora Leveroni — affectionately known as Nonna Marijuana by those who have enjoyed her meals — has helped medicinal cannabis users by preparing delicious Italian pot-infused dishes and sharing recipes through the patient collective, Wo/mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM).
Nonna Marijuana shot to internet fame last year after VICE’s food site munchies showed her in a video, which led to further appearances on NPR, BBC and even Penthouse magazine.
Her daughter, Valerie Corral, co-founded WAMM in 1993 to provide outdoor biologics to critically or terminally ill patients at little to no cost. They also provide end-of-life care and provide hospice services to patients entering their final months. Some, like us, would like to call her marijuana mother Teresa.
“I don’t think I’m special,” Corral told me SF Evergreen earlier in May. “We work with people who are dying. That will humble you.”
WAMM still stands today with the distinction of being one of the country’s first medical marijuana collectives, but may now lose their land.
The collective recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to preserve their land so that their current patients would not lose their only supply of medical cannabis.
“WAMM is truly a lifeblood for so many who would not be here today without that great organization,” says Leveroni munchies. “I will always do everything I can to support my daughter Valerie’s passion to help those most in need.”
So she offers to prepare an impressive Italian meal of epic proportions for the campaign’s most generous donors, who are treated to a day-long tour of WAMM’s cannabis garden, where they meet Leveroni, Corral and other members to learn more. learn about organic farming and the art of creating a cannabis-infused kitchen.
Unfortunately, the meal is limited to legal medical marijuana patients living in California, but Leveroni offers a tempting recipe for potential donors who are ineligible, or simply cannot afford the benefit of the donation.
“These intimate dinners are limited to just eight guests per seat, and only legal medical marijuana patients in California can taste the cannabis-infused food,” Leveroni said. munchies. “I know not everyone can reach our garden, or afford to be so generous, so I offer my Milanese risotto recipe for munchies to publish for free, with the hope that you will make it yourself at home and then donate what you can afford if you like it!”
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