Lester Grinspoon, MD

In Memoriam

NORML expresses its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Lester Grinspoon, M.D. His extraordinary personal commitment to advancing both marijuana policy and the NORML organization demonstrated his deeply held belief that we all have an obligation to fight injustice whenever and wherever we find it.

Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a psychiatrist, was a retired professor at the Harvard Medical School and a well-published author in the field of drugs and drug policy. He authored more than 140 articles in scientific journals and twelve books, including Marijuana Reconsidered and Marijuana, The Forbidden Medicine.

Dr. Grinspoon was a frequent lecturer on drug policy issues and appeared as an expert witness before legislative committees in several states and several committees of the U.S. Congress. In 1990 he received the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship and Writing from the Drug Policy Foundation in Washington, DC.

Dr. Grinspoon’s website Marijuana Uses, chronicles real life stories of people who have had positive “non-medical” experiences with marijuana.