Almost 50 years ago now, a man returned from war in Vietnam with a duffel bag. Inside the bag was a few pounds of marijuana -- and inside the man, Air Force veteran Dennis Peron, was the force behind marijuana legalization in the United States of America. A lot's been written and said about Peron, ... More >>
We don't buy drugs off the street (anymore). But if we did, or if someone asked us where to score some sweet illicit narcotics, we suppose we might try the Haight Ashbury. If there's one thing a pack of young and dirty "travelers" have, it's hungry dogs -- as well as some molly or some nugs or somet ... More >>
Not every innocuous schoolboy joke becomes a worldwide cultural phenomenon, but this one -- 4/20, 4-20, four twenty -- has had legs since it began 41 years ago at San Rafael High in Marin County.This year, the universal code for marijuana use is being co-opted by everyone's favorite "hacktivist" col ... More >>
Free and pissedDennis Peron has said it all along. For decades, the Castro District resident -- one of the fathers of the American medical cannabis movement -- has maintained that marijuana is medicine. And for just under a year, Peron has been insisting that he's innocent of narcotics and ... More >>
How was your 2010? For the cannabis community, it was a wild flip of the calendar, with dispensaries opening and closing, police raiding, a medical cannabis luminary thrown in jail for meth charges -- and we vaguely remember something about a legalization ballot measure. There's still time y ... More >>
Wait 'til next year...As the national media will gladly tell you, people are smoking weed in San Francisco. People -- with and without medical marijuana recommendations -- smoked weed yesterday and they'll do so today, and they were going to do so no matter what happened with Proposition 19, the ... More >>
Dennis Peron, the author of the medical marijuana-creating Proposition 215 and a revered figure in the cannabis community, was arraigned today in San Francisco on drug and child porn charges. The charges stem from a police raid on Peron's "Castro Castle" in August. The "matter depicting a minor e ... More >>
Harborside Health CenterSteve DeAngelo says greed, for lack of a better word, is not goodSteve DeAngelo cares. The owner of Oakland's Harborside Health Center -- the largest medical cannabis dispensary in the United States, with some 60,000 patients and counting -- wants to "flip the switch" ... More >>
Dennis Peron has been feeling the heat -- from the SFPDThings haven't been going well for Dennis Peron lately. Peron, one of the authors of Proposition 215 -- the 1996 voter initiative legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in California -- is on the outs with some cannabis advocates for h ... More >>
Liberty Bell TempleHere comes the pot man! Who's gonna stop him?Lower Haight resident Aaron Chandler is a pot dealer. Or, the erstwhile employee of Project Homeless Connect is the operator of a legitimate medical marijuana delivery service. Which one is it? Neither? Both? It all depends on y ... More >>
Personality clashes within the cannabis movement have real-life consequences.
Who wants some?They shut down the hash bar.High Times shut down HopeNet's hash bar. SF, your hash is too much for High Times (or at least its legal handlers).
Dennis Peron says he's on the mend. 'Don't count me out.' With the marijuana movement sparking these days, one of its seminal figures was just nearly snuffed out. Dennis Peron -- a longtime pot activist and the co-author of the 1996 medical marijuana ballot initiative, Prop. 215 -- on Sunday conf ... More >>
Cookie, NOOOOOOOOO!Legalization threat "putting us in the shadows ... making us dirty again," says head of Green Cross Cannabis DeliveryA couple of years ago Kevin Reed, 36, president of Bay Area Green Cross medical marijuana delivery service, had his mother over. She tried a cookie. This was no ... More >>
A primer for out-of-town journalists flocking to the Pelosi power story
The medical-marijuana movement is riled by the generosity of a pro-legislation PAC