Leading Cannabis Advocate Dr. Lester Grinspoon dies at the age of 92.
One of the world's oldest and most loyal advocates of Cannabis legalization, Dr. Lester Grinspoon, left this world on June 26th. He was 92 years old. He was an Alumni at the prestigious Harvard Medical School and later joined the faculty as a professor.
Dr. Lester, during his initial years, was skeptical about Marijuana. He believed that it was a harmful drug inflicting wrong in society, which compelled him to study the cannabis plant even more. Dr. Lester aimed to bring evidence to support the dangers of Marijuana. However, he soon realized that he was misinformed and misled.
By 1971, he wrote a book titled "Marihuana Reconsidered." The New York Times applauded it as the "best dope on pot so far." Throughout the book, Dr. Lester presented research and a strong case for Cannabis's legalization. He faced a lot of criticism from his colleagues, the scientific community, and President Richard Nixon's.
However, not long after, Dr. Lester was rewarded with much-deserved respect. Many states in the United States legalized the use of Cannabis. He also became the chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
The efforts and the struggles of Dr. Lester did not just highlight Cannabis's importance in the United States; it also trickled down to the rest of the world, and for that, we will forever be grateful. Here is hoping that he is at peace and rests assured knowing that his fight for the legalization of Cannabis will be won.