Jul 31st, 2020
FEATURING HIS SON DAVID GRINSPOON, FORMER NORML EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS KEITH STROUP & ALLEN ST. PIERRE, WAMM COFOUNDER VALERIE LEVERONI CORRAL, AND FORMER HIGH TIMES ASS. PUBLISHER RICK CUSICK
In this special extended episode of Cannthropology, we honor the passing of the “Godfather of Medical Marijuana” Dr. Lester Grinspoon. To memorialize his life and legacy, host Bobby Black welcomes on some of those who were closest to the good doctor: his son, astrobiologist and author David Grinspoon; NORML founder Keith Stroup, former NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre, WAMM cofounder Valerie Leveroni Corral, and former High Times associate publisher Rick Cusick, who all share some of their favorite memories, anecdotes, and insights into one of the consequential advocates in the cannabis community.
Dr. Lester Grinspoon was an Associate Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in psychiatry and went on to teach for decades before retiring in 2000. Widely considered “the intellectual leader of the cannabis legalization movement,” he was the author of over 150 articles in various scientific journals, as well as twelve books including two on cannabis: Marijuana, The Forbidden Medicine in 1993, and the classic Marihuana Reconsidered in 1971, which to this day is hailed as a landmark in medical marijuana research and advocacy. Dr. Grinspoon passed away peacefully on the morning of June 25, at his home in the suburbs of Boston after just having celebrated his 92nd birthday the previous day.