Harvard psychiatrist Lester Grinspoon, in a speech delivered at the 2011 NORML Conference, recalled, "In 1967, because of my concern about the rapidly growing use of the dangerous drug marijuana, I began my studies of the scientific and medical literature with the goal of providing a reasonably objective summary of the data which underlay its prohibition. Much to my surprise, I found no credible scientific basis for the justification of the prohibition." What he learned over the years since was that marijuana was one of the safest of all drugs and it is becoming evident that it is a valuable medicine. "We are not far from a time when pot will be hailed as a wonder drug."
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