Remembering a Pioneer: Exploring the Legacy of Dr. Lester Grinspoon
An event to honor Lester Grinspoon (June 24, 1928 – June 25, 2020)
An online conversation among experts and activists mentored and inspired by Dr. Grinspoon, this event focused on his life, activism, and work, including his groundbreaking research on cannabis use, psychedelics, and other drugs, in the 50th-anniversary year of his book Marihuana Reconsidered.
This free virtual event, on what would have been Dr. Grinspoon’s 93rd birthday, featured an expert group of people who knew Grinspoon and drew inspiration from him.
This event formally launched a campaign to raise funds to process and digitize the Lester Grinspoon Papers, one of the major collections related to drug policy and social change held in Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries. It is a prelude to a larger event scheduled for June 24, 2022.