Dennis Peron is called “The Father of Medical Marijuana.” Charismatic, a friend of legendary San Francisco pol Harvey Milk, he worked tirelessly to get cannabis to patients of many stripes.
- Peron, a Bronx native who passed away in 2017, is best remembered for his role in the 1996 passage of Proposition 215, the gateway to the passage of Prop 64. (Some of you may be inclined to hold that last one against Dennis, but the bad parts aren’t his.)
- “There is no recreational marijuana. They made it up. What they’re trying to do is separate us by saying there’s people having fun and there’s people medicating,” Peron told Merry Jane in 2016.