Dennis Peron announced on Tuesday 15 Sep 09 that he returned from Burning Man to discover he had been fired from Oaksterdamn U because of his opposition to taxing and regulating medical marijuana.
Oaksterdamn U has announced it intends to spend a million dollars to promote an initiative that would tax, regulate and control marijuana by city and county, as well as at the state level.
For Dennis’ position on this see his comments in my article of 30 Aug 09: The tax heard round the world.
Peron has been hailed as the father of the medical marijuana movement and was the guiding force and co-author of California’s Proposition 215.
He became a marijuana dealer after returning from Viet Nam to San Francisco in 1969 and through the 70s he ran the Big Top marijuana supermarket from his home.
In 1978 he organized Proposition W which directed the district attorney to stop arresting people for possessing, transferring, or growing marijuana. Though it was passed by 56% of the electorate, it was never implemented by the Feinstein Administration.
In 1991 he organized Proposition P which made enforcement of laws against medical marijuana the city’s lowest priority. It passed by 79%.
In 1993 he opened the Church Street Compassion Center in San Francisco’s Castro District.
In 1995 he opened the larger San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club at 1444 Market Street where the medical marijuana movement was born.
In 1996 he co-authored The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and organized the signature drive that put Proposition 215 on the ballot.
By J. Craig