Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a psychiatrist, is a retired professor at the Harvard Medical School and a well published author in the field of drugs and drug policy. He has authored more than 140 articles in scientific journals and twelve books, including Marijuana Reconsidered and Marijuana, The Forbidden Medicine.
Dr. Grinspoon is a frequent lecturer on drug policy issues and has 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 currently maintains www.marijuana-uses.com, which chronicles real life stories of people who have had positive “non-medical” experiences with marijuana.
“Cannabis is effective at relieving nausea and vomiting, spasticity, appetite loss, certain types of pain, and other debilitating symptoms. And it is extraordinarily safe – safer than most medicines prescribed every day. If Cannabis were a new discovery rather than a well-known substance carrying cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug.”