Dennis Peron, the cannabis activist who fired up the movement to legalize medical marijuana in California, died on Saturday in a San Francisco hospital. He was 72.

Also a prominent figure in San Francisco’s gay community, he was credited as a pioneer in recognizing the health benefits of pot during the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

“A man that changed the world,” was how his brother Jeffrey Peron remembered him on Facebook. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother Dennis Peron.”

Peron, a friend of slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk, helped push through a San Francisco ordinance that allowed the use of medical marijuana. 

Click here to read the complete article

Reuters

Recent News Articles

Monday October 14

The Great American cannabis experiment - Cannabis News

in Cannabis News

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Cannabis is legal in many U.S. states… or is it? The contradictions between state and…

956 hits

Monday October 14

Canada’s first year of cannabis legalization going out on a high - Cannabis News

in World News

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

As the country approaches the first anniversary of legal weed on Oct. 17, a look…

557 hits

Monday October 14

Grant funds Univ. of Georgia research of effects of medical cannabis laws - Cannabis News

in Medical News

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

A team of researchers at the University of Georgia will be the first to study…

858 hits

Monday October 14

Marijuana breathalyzers expected to hit the street in 2020 - Cannabis News

in Law & Crime

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

Drivers suspected of being high on pot may soon face the same type of roadside…

861 hits

Monday October 14

FBI: Cannabis Arrests Rise for Third Straight Year, Outpace Arrests for All Violent Crimes

in Cannabis News

by Bruce Kennedy - Editor in Chief

The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating cannabis laws rose…

1160 hits