Remembering a Pioneer: Exploring the Legacy of Dr. Lester Grinspoon

Event Details

Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.



Event Website

Online registration or tickets


Aaron Rubinstein

Special Collections and University Archives


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 will focus 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, will feature an expert group of people who knew Grinspoon and drew inspiration from him.

This event will formally launch 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.