Dennis Peron, Father of Medical Marijuana in California, Dies at 72

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

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

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

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

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.