Marijuana Guru Dennis Peron Suffers Stroke

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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 confirmed he'd suffered a stroke.

"That's why I didn't give a speech at the hemp expo" at the Cow Palace, Peron told SF Weekly. He noted that he suffered the stroke about a month ago and underwent an operation yesterday to "unclog my artery."

"Total success, total success," the 65-year-old continued. "I have so much more energy. I'm on the mend. Don't count me out."

Peron added that he's now quit smoking cigarettes. Well, not every cigarette.

"I have to go easy on the pot," he notes. But when asked if he could still consume Marijuana brownies he immediately answered "Yeah, yeah. I'm enjoying life."

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