San Francisco, CA: Californians for Compassionate Use, 1996. 14” x 8½” Single sheet printed both sides with image of light green cannabis plant superimposed over a pink cross. Fine.
This is an unused petition for what became California's 1996 Proposition 215. The initiative, which received a “yes” on over 55 percent of the ballots, was the first legislation to legalize medical marijuana at the state level. Its passage opened the floodgates that led to medical marijuana laws in a total of 33 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico.
The initiative was conceived, co-authored, and led by Dennis Peron. Peron sold weed from storefronts in San Francisco's Castro district and became a medical marijuana advocate due the relief he saw it give to AIDS patients. Specifically, the law was supposed to allow people suffering from “cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief” to get a doctor's prescription for the drug and not be subject to criminal sanction for its possession or cultivation for medical use. The petition itself lists endorsements from 19 organizations and its verso has the proposed legislative amendment to California's Health and Safety Code as well as bullet points explaining what the initiative would and would not do.
OCLC records no copies. A cornerstone in the history of the legalization of marijuana. Fine. Item #2231