Mammoth Man Wants to Build Medical Marijuana Co-op and Focus on Health Benefits

At a meeting in September, the Mammoth Planning Commission may make a decision on which two applicants can build medical marijuana cooperatives in town. One of the applicants, Steve Klassen, said he will focus on the serious health


Steve Klassen, owner of Wave Rave, says he strongly believes in medicinal value of cannabis.

research of cannabis.

Klassen’s plan for a cooperative includes a location upstairs, he said, in the KMMT building on Laurel Mt. Rd. Klassen himself is aware of two other applicants – Dagmar Zila and Robert Calvert, he said. There are a total of five applications. Police Chief Dan Watson and his crew have worked on backgrounds and other details to include in a report to the Planning Commission.

Klassen said he would run his cooperative in “strict compliance with California laws and the Mammoth ordinance.” He said he wants to specialize in tinctures of cannabis and in specific parts of the marijuana plant known to relieve pain. “Cannabis,” said Klassen, “does not necessarily get you high. It offers healing effects.”

Klassen said he has been a professional athlete much of his life and when western medicine didn’t work for him, cannabis did. He said he’s used it for 15 years with barely any other medicine. “It has helped me in many ways,” he said. “It has so many healing effects.”

In fact, Klassen feels so strongly about the medicinal value of cannabis and the research to back it up that he will offer a public airing of a new DVD called “What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?” He says it’s a discussion about prevention and treatment and is an eye opener. That showing happens September 18th at 8pm at the Mammoth Art Center on Old Mammoth Road.

Asked how he would respond to those who believed medical marijuana is a cover for illegal pot smoking, Klassen said he would tell those individuals to watch the DVD he’s selling at Wave Rave and see if they feel the same way.

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