Peter Lewis, Chairman of Progressive insurance, has passed away today at the age of 80. Lewis was found in his home in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Peter Lewis is known within the cannabis community as one of the movements largest donors – in the past couple decades he’s donated millions of his own dollars to bring forth cannabis law reform throughout the U.S., including being instrumental in passing cannabis legalization initiatives in both Washington and Colorado last year. Lewis has also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to successful medical cannabis legalization proposals, and millions of dollars to progressive organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and MoveOn.org.
One could argue that Peter Lewis changed the dynamic of the cannabis reform movement, and directly contributed to the rapidly growing shift in public opinion. Few people (if any) have played a larger role in bringing cannabis reform to the mainstream.
Lewis became the CEO of Progressive Corp. at its inception in 1965, before stepping down in 2000 to focus primarily on his philanthropy, once it it had grown into one of the largest auto insurers in the world.