Grinspoon Endorses California Ballot Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Wine

CANNABIS CULTURE – Dr. Lester Grinspoon, renowned Harvard psychiatry professor and marijuana movement icon, is lending his support to the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in California in 2012.

“It will be an improvement and help move us toward the ultimate goal of ending this heinous prohibition,” Grinspoon told Cannabis Culture in a telephone interview. “I’ll endorse anything that moves us away from prohibition and towards freedom.”

Regulate Marijuana Like Wine would legalize cannabis for adults in California and allow for a system of production, distribution and regulation similar to that of alcohol.

Grinspoon is well-known for his trailblazing research into medical marijuana and is author of the pivotal 1971 book Marihuana Reconsidered, an in-depth analysis of the history and uses of cannabis that challenged widely-accepted beliefs about the plant’s dangers. He is also author of other books about psychoactive substances, including Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered, Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine and Psychedelic Reflections.

The 83-year-old doctor, who is currently Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has also endorsed another California ballot initiative, the Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012.

Grinspoon has long challenged the veracity of government claims about the dangers of marijuana and believes the public has been fooled into accepting drug prohibition as an effective strategy.

“Mostly I think people don’t know what they’re opposed to,” he said. “I call it cannabinophobia. It’s like a grand delusional system that huge numbers of people have embraced. They oppose [cannabis]thinking it’s dangerous when in fact it is one of the most extraordinary plants – in terms of its many utilities – that nature has given us.”

Three major ballot initiative drives to legalize cannabis are competing for funding and endorsements in California and could appear on the election ballot in 2012. Read more about the initiatives on Cannabis Culture.

The growing list of endorsements for Regulate Marijuana Like Wine includes Judge James P. Gray, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, former Gov. Gary Johnson, NORML Founder Keith Stroup, Prince of Pot Marc Emery, Tommy Chong, Ganja Guru Ed Rosenthal, groups like Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, The Libertarian Party, and many more.



  1. John Thomas on

    I disagree. I see the support percentages for medical marijuana falling, as the support numbers for re-legalization rise. Medical marijuana is now a dead-end. The non-consuming public is losing their enthusiasm because of so many recreational consumers who patronize the dispensaries. There’s nothing wrong with them doing so, but we just need to be honest about it now.

    Plus, we used to keep hearing, “California went too far, and that’s why they have all the raids. We should regulate things tighter as Colorado does. That’s why they aren’t being attacked.”

    But with the raids now beginning in Colorado, we see that was not true. – The ONLY thing that will free medical marijuana patients – and everyone – is too end the whole, fraudulent, counter-productive prohibition.

    With public support increasingly on our side, NOW is the time to seize justice!

  2. claygooding on

    “By ignoring the wealth of scientific evidence that clearly shows the therapeutic value of marijuana, the Obama Administration is playing politics at the expense of sick and dying Americans,” said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who filed the appeal today. “For the first time in more than 15 years we will be able to present evidence in court to challenge the government’s flawed position on medical marijuana.” Although two other rescheduling petitions have been filed since the establishment of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, the merits of medical efficacy was reviewed only once by the courts in 1994.

    This has a chance of getting the DEA to reschedule finally,,they ignored Judge Young’s ruling in 1988,,ignoring an Appeals court would be a mistake.

  3. Charles Queen on

    I think everyone is trying to jump the gun to fast right now.Now first off I’ all for legalising marijuana.I’v used it on and off since I was 14 and I’ll be 60 feb 15th.I’v never had any problems using it and believe me,I’v had some of the best of the best many times over.However ,right now my main genda with the marijuana legalisation thing right now os to first get it legalised for medicinal purposes first.Afte some time then we go after total legalisation.First though we need to get it approved for medicinal uses of which are very mny and very well documented as wel as proven scientifically to be a treamendous medicnal iade or a medicine in it’s own right for that matter.Until we can get something done about our congress and senate both taking the bribes and payoffs from the major pharms in return for the voting no from the house and the senate both we are just spinning our wheels.I say both the house and senate need to be investigated thurouly for the corruption thats taking place to keep marijuana from being legalised for medicinal purposes