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Memorial set for Dennis Peron

by BAR staff

Dennis Peron. Photo: Rick Gerharter
Dennis Peron. Photo: Rick Gerharter  

A memorial and celebration of life will be held for gay marijuana advocate Dennis Peron Sunday, March 11, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Flore, 2298 Market Street in San Francisco.

Mr. Peron, 71, died January 27 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Mr. Peron was a pioneering marijuana activist and led the fight for successful passage of California's medical cannabis initiative in 1996.

For the upcoming memorial, friends and family who are organizing the event said that Noe Street will be closed and a large tent erected to protect an altar for all to share a moment of connection with Mr. Peron. There will be a video montage wall, a psychedelic light show on the tent roof, entertainment, and a stage for speakers to share their stories and experiences with Mr. Peron.

People who have photos to share can send them to to be included in the video montage. People interested in volunteering can also email the above address.

Organizers are seeking donations to help cover expenses. A Gofundme page has been set up at

To reserve a ticket for the memorial, visit

To read the Bay Area Reporter's obituary, go to


  • John Carollo, 2018-05-11 15:04:06

    What a blow to discover the news of my dear pot rights comrade, Dennis Peron! He was a great man and did a tremendous service in his mission to serve the AIDs community. I will always remember his impish/mischievous smile that melted your heart! May he rest in peace, find his connection, Brownie Mary, and take a few tokes for his friends left behind to carry on the struggle.

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