Martin A Lee is the director of Project CBD (projectcbd.org), an educational nonprofit that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics. He is the author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific. The American Botanical Council gave Smoke Signals its James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award. Historian Douglas Brinkley said of Smoke Signals: “Every American should read this landmark book.”
A winner of the Emerald Cup’s Lifetime Achievement award (2016), Lee is also author of Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD and The Beast Reawakens. His books have been published in several languages, including Czech: B. Shlain a M.A. Lee, Sny vedomi CIA, LSD a revolta 60. let (Praha: Labyrint, 1996) and Martin A. Lee, Bestie se probouzi (Praha: B Art, 2004).
Lee was co-founder of the media research group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, FAIR.org), and his writing has appeared in many publications, including Rolling Stone, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Harper’s, Le Monde Diplomatique, Salon, Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News. Lee has been a guest on numerous TV and radio talk shows and his work has been featured in several documentary films. He has lectured widely at universities and colleges, including Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and the American University in Paris. In 1975, Lee graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, where he won four Hopwood awards for creative writing.