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Dr. Lester Grinspoon Speaks in Favor of Marijuana

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 - 1:27 am

This man turned 80 years old in 2008!

Some excellent quotes from the video:

I’ve been smoking marijuana for 44 years now, and agree with professor Nesson, I think it's a tremendous blessing!

“In fact, I first began to look at marijuana as a professor of psychiatry at Harvard medical school in 1967…”

“I wanted to do something about all these young people who were using this terribly dangerous drug and perhaps if I could write a reasonably objective statement about this and get it published, in a vehicle which they would be interested in, maybe I could do something about it.

Much to my astonishment, here I was trained in science and medicine and had to discover that I had been brainwashed like just about every other American.”

I first approached it [marijuana] from the point of view—you know—I was sure it was unsafe. Once I was convinced that it was safe, and satisfied my curiosity about it, it took me a number of years to realize what a remarkable substance it was.

“I have also concluded that there's a third reason [for humans to use marijuana], I mean, there’s recreation, there’s medicine, and there’s what I call ‘enhancement.’”

“It astonishes me that we can’t get around this prohibition. It’s like something is sacred about it. You can’t question it. You can’t bring any factual data to it…”

Video Title: 
3.20.08 #2 - Lester Grinspoon
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This man has studied marijuana, first from the medical world, with a prohibitionist mind-set. But not long after he engaged in serious study of marijuana did he realize the many benefits of the marijuana plant.

My Dad and this man are the same age. My Dad is getting symptoms of Alzheimer's and I wish he was not under a mis-impression, forced on us as an illegal, unconstitutional, un-Biblical religion of hate against the marijuana plant. The mis-impression that marijuana is bad for him.