Marihuana Reconsidered (1971)
by Dr. Lester Grinspoon
Dr. Lester Grinspoon didn’t set out to write a book that would change the world’s misguided view of marijuana. In fact, he originally started researching the subject in hopes of convincing his best friend—famed astronomer Carl Sagan—to stop getting high all the time.
But after a fateful weekend spent digging into old research reports at the library, Grinspoon—a young associate professor at Harvard Medical School—emerged with a new understanding of the plant and its potential as a medicine.
In response, the good doctor took a career detour in order to write Marihuana Reconsidered, a scholarly work that for the first time in decades (see LaGuardia Report above) made the public fully aware of the facts regarding cannabis. Written by a leading academic who was also a medical doctor, the book was a sensation, sparking a national debate that led directly to our current era of rapid