Legendary Cannabis Advocate Lester Grinspoon Has Passed Away

Legendary Cannabis Advocate Lester Grinspoon Has Passed Away

Few people have done more to bring cannabis back from the abyss of prohibition than Dr Lester Grinspoon, whose lifetime of work not only highlighted the plant’s extraordinary medicinal capacities but also exposed the political duplicity behind the War on Drugs. Having passed away on June 25th, the day after his 92nd birthday, Dr Grinspoon leaves a legacy that will continue to shape the cannabis reform movement for years to come. Grinspoon’s association with marijuana began when he was assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in the mid-1960s. During this time, he struck up a friendship with a colleague named Carl Sagan, who later went on to become one of the world’s most iconic astronomers. Ironically, Grinspoon was initially opposed to Sagan’s cannabis use, and hoped to convince him to stop smoking by presenting him with all the facts about the plant’s dangers. However, his research into the topic caused him to radically change his stance and set him on a collision course with the scientific and political establishments, both of which would later be transformed by Grinspoon’s work. Released in 1971, his bestselling book entitled Marijuana Reconsidered provided an evidence-based review of the plant’s psychological and physiological effects, and highlighted the level of deceit and propaganda behind the US government’s policy of prohibition. True to its title, the book caused many academics and politicians to reconsider their position on cannabis, sparking a renewed interest in researching its medicinal properties and kickstarting a global campaign to legalise the…

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