Dennis Peron, Cannabis Activist, Dies of Lung Cancer
Peron has been called the father of medical marijuana for his work to legalize cannabis for patients. In 1991, he worked with Mary Jane Rathburn aka Brownie Mary to pass an ordinance in San Francisco legalizing cannabis for patients. Then, in 1996, he was crucial in taking a similar ordinance (Prop. 215) statewide–making medical marijuana legal in California.
Eventually, Peron began advocating that anyone consuming cannabis was consuming medically. He famously told Herb Magazine, “Marijuana is a medicine…There is no recreational. Medical marijuana people don’t get high; they get normal. It makes them feel complete.”