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Dennis Peron, Others To Appear In Court Next Week

Thursday, 12 December 1996

San Francisco Buyers' Club founder and co-author of California's Proposition 215, Dennis Peron, will appear in Alameda County Superior Court on December 17 to request Judge Larry Goodman for a change of venue. Peron and five others are charged with several felony marijuana counts stemming from an August 4 raid by state law enforcement on the nearly 12,000 member club. The defendants contend that the trial should be moved from Oakland to San Francisco because that is where the club was located.

Peron told reporters that he is looking forward to the trial. "It's going to be the funniest case in the history of the U.S.," he said. "They have no proof that we sold pot to anyone who wasn't in legitimate need of it. This will be the trial that legalizes marijuana [for medical purposes] in the United States."

Peron also announced that he will reopen the controversial San Francisco club in January to distribute marijuana to people with physicians' recommendations.

For more information, please contact Californians for Compassionate Use at (415) 621-3986. CCU may be contacted on the Internet at: http://www.marijuana.org.