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Happy 85th Birthday, Lester Grinspoon!

Dr. Lester Grinspoon
At 85, Lester Grinspoon is one of the oldest marijuana proponents.

One of the pioneers of the marijuana legalization movement turned 85 on June 24. With that in mind, we're honoring Dr. Lester Grinspoon by naming him a Top CelebStoner.

Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In 1971, his breakthrough book, Marihuana Reconsidered was published. He went on to write many other books, including Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine in 1993.

Marihuana Reconsiderd
’Marijuana Reconsidered’ (1973)

His website is called Marijuana Uses.

Grinspoon famously outed Carl Sagan after his death. Sagan appeared in Marihuana Reconsidered as "Mr. X." In 1973, Grinspoon testified in behalf of John Lennon at the Beatle's immigration hearing. The U.S. was attempting to deport Lennon, who'd been arrested for hash in England.

Dr. Grinspoon's a longtime member of the NORML board of directors and, even at his advanced age, regularly attends conferences - in person or via Skype. He lives with is wife Betsy in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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