In order to expand my appreciation of the field to which I’ve decided to dedicate my career, I wanted to understand what drove the original [OG] advocates to step out and in to the spotlight to effect the cultural and legal changes that have ultimately lead to my ability to start Soylent Greens in 2019 in Maine. The first person I learned about was Dennis Peron.
Dennis was a native of long island, he was a Vietnam war veteran and gay rights activist beginning in the 70’s after his return from the war. Tragically, he had a partner who contracted AIDS living in San Francisco in the early 90s. Peron was able to see first-hand the therapeutic benefit his terminally ill loved one received from his use of cannabis during the final stages of his life.
Dennis co-authored California’s groundbreaking Proposition 215. He was selected to lead the Grassroots—(no pun intended)—Legalize Cannabis Project of Minnesota. He was actually a Republican Presidential Candidate in 1996 as a result of his affiliation with the Cannabis Project. Dennis was a staunch supporter of the medicinal use of marijuana. He felt that anyone who regularly used Marijuana should be a medical program participant. On this point, I wholeheartedly agree with Dennis’ view.
Dennis passed in 2018 from cancer. He was a cannabis user and advocate until the day he passed.