Dennis Peron, Pot Guru, Arraigned on Child Porn, Drug Charges

Dennis Peron, the author of the medical marijuana-creating Proposition 215 and a revered figure in the cannabis community, was arraigned today in San Francisco on drug and child porn charges.

The charges stem from a police raid on Peron's "Castro Castle" in August. The "matter depicting a minor engaging or simulating sexual conduct" was allegedly gleaned from a computer on site, according to folks at the Castle when SF Weeklycalled.

Peron is also accused of possession of methamphetamine for sale; possession of ecstasy; possession of marijuana (surprise); and opening or maintaining a place for the purpose of selling or using any controlled substance. Bail has been set at $200,000; folks at the Castle expect Peron to return home in the next day or so.

Private attorney David Wilton has been appointed to the case; he said he did not have permission to speak to the media. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lisa Culbertson -- a member of the "Child Assault Unit," incidentally.

Peron, who suffered a stroke in April, was flummoxed by the police raid. "Why me and why now?" he asked SF Weekly at the time.

Peron claimed police took 12 people into custody -- guests at the Castle and some employees, including Peron, who spent the night in jail, he said. Officers also seized an undisclosed amount of cash, a dozen laptop computers -- Peron's laptop and the computers of his guests -- prescription drugs belonging to some of his guests, and a pound of marijuana Peron claims he grew and was in the process of smoking.

Peron told SF Weekly two other people mentioned in the search warrant "tweekers" -- but "neither of them live here or have any connection with" the Castro Castle.

- Article from SF Weekly.

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