High History / Part XXXXXIII / Lester Grinspoon - Lights In The Darkness

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Just before any quantum change in public perceptions, there are brave visionaries who are ahead of the curve, who are leading the way towards a better understanding of the truth. Because many are in the position of fearing professional reprisal and loss of livelihood, being honest about marijuana has until now been a luxury which can be indulged by only a few.

Thank goodness these few push open the door a little wider, letting in the truth, and in any open debate in a free society, the truth will eventually prevail. People like Lester Grinspoon of Harvard who have been voice in the wilderness of marijuana prohibition.

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Lester Grinspoon


Dr. Lester Grinspoon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1928. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, where he is a current Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry. As the first American doctor to prescribe lithium for bipolar disorder, he has long been considered a pioneer in his field. Dr. Grinspoon became interested in marijuana in 1966.

Of all the scientists who smoke weed, Lester Grinspoon showed a real commitment to the plant and his work. As a psychiatry professor at Harvard, Grinspoon released his book Marihuana Reconsidered in 1971.

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Lights In The Darkness


He wasn’t always pro-pot. Only 42 years old at the time, the scientist had not yet tried bud himself. When he met Carl Sagan he was convinced that cannabis was a very harmful drug.

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He was determined to prove marijuana was a harmful. He spent countless hours in the Library of Medicine reading every study he could, trying to justify his belief that weed was dangerous, but he could not find the evidence.

He has studied the medical benefits of marijuana and been an opposing voice to those who cling to archaic and unscientific beliefs about the drug. He is one of America’s foremost medical marijuana experts, and the amount of research he has produced is unparalleled.

His work concluded that marijuana was not harmful but helpful to people who use it especially medicinally. He was curious about the effects of marijuana, and in his forties, lit up for the first time. He says,

I used it for more than four decades, almost everyday.

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Lester Grinspoon & His Personal Experience with Cannabis

Dr. Grinspoon was likely never more thankful for medical marijuana than when his eldest son was diagnosed with leukemia. Without marijuana, chemotherapy was unbearable. Dr. Grinspoon describes Daniel’s experience:

"That drove it home to me how useful it was. He was free of this burden, just having to go the hospital for those injections, he would start to vomit, it was a race to get him home. We'd put a bucket by the side of his bed and he'd vomit for eight hours, he'd have the dry heaves for eight hours. It was just awful to see that."

Sadly, Daniel lost his battle at age 13, but Dr. Grinspoon and his wife found relief in knowing marijuana greatly eased his suffering.

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Since he began research in 1966, Dr. Lester Grinspoon has authored nine books, including:

Marihuana Reconsidered.
Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine.
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High.
Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis.

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In addition to testifying before Congress, he has been a prominent speaker for NORML and received an award from the Drug Policy Foundation (now Drug Policy Alliance). For someone who has contributed so much to cannabis research, the least we can do is light up some top-shelf Dr. Grinspoon in his honor.

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He said:

I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, un-available to us without such drugs.

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Fascinating. How trying to run into a wall all the time eventually breaks the wall and reveals a new room so to say. I'm glad to hear that there are experts in their fields who help strengthen the arms of freedom.

Nice post. It is a history I knew nothing about.