Dr. Lester Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Grinspoon was senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston for 40 years. Dr. Grinspoon is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychiatric Association. He was founding editor of the The American Psychiatric Association Annual Review and the Harvard Mental Health Letter. Grinspoon was editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter for fifteen years. – Source
In may 2012, Lester Grinspoon was awarded the Cannabis Culture Award.
Since 2004, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum has conferred these awards upon those who have distinguished themselves in the struggle for acceptance of cannabis in all of its forms.
Grinspoon: ‘I learned that despite my training in medicine and science, I had been brainwashed like just about every other citizen in this country: that marihuana was not only NOT a dangerous drug but indeed it was remarkably non-toxic and I had to revise my view of it.’
The award recognizes people who are working to ensure that this extraordinary plant has a future where it is fully utilized and a history that is known and appreciated.