21: Keith Stroup. Founder of NORML talks Cannabis.

Mr. Keith Stroup is a Washington, DC public-interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970. NORML stands for The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. On the podcast we talk Cannabis legalization, Hugh Hefner, incarceration of African American Men, and Cannabis vs Pharma and Alcohol.

This podcast answers questions people might have about Cannabis legalization. We explore everything from Social Impact to the tax boost for the economy.

Stroup obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and in 1968 he graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Following two years as staff counsel for the National Commission on Product Safety, Mr. Stroup founded NORML and ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses.

Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers and artists, and for several years served as executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

In 1992 Stroup was the recipient of the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform presented by the Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, DC. In 1994 Stroup resumed his work with NORML, rejoining the board of directors and serving again as Executive Director through 2004. He is currently serving as Legal Counsel with NORML.

Julia Laricheva