Lynn Zimmer: Author, researcher

Co-author of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts
Obituary: Born 1947; Died June 30, 2006

Dr. Lynn Zimmer, cannabis researcher and long-time associate of Dr. John Morgan, with whom she wrote the landmark book, Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts, passed on June 30, 2006 at age 59, after a long illness. She was an intellectual leader in drug policy reform.

Professor Zimmer, a sociologist at Queens College in New York, was widely regarded among both drug policy scholars and activists as one of the most original thinkers on drug issues in the US.  Her book written with Morgan became the leading and best selling scholarly book on marijuana; it has been translated and published in seven languages. She also published extensively on other drug issues, including drug testing, drug education, and drugs and the media, and appeared often on radio and TV programs.

Zimmer received both The Lindesmith (now the Drug Policy Alliance) Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship and the Lester Grinspoon Award for Achievement in the Field of Marijuana Law Reform from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in 2000.

She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s. This disease took away much of her eyesight, sense of taste, and mobility but it never diminished her remarkable mind. She was a beloved teacher, mentor and dear friend to many. She is survived by two sons, Joseph and Mark Phillips.

— Ethan Nadelmann, Director of Drug Policy Alliance


Author, cannabis expert witness, journalist, artist


  1. Powerful book that. I agree.

  2. Her book gave such incredibly good facts pertaining to this subject, thanks so much for posting this in Zimmer’s memory.

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