Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Allen St. Pierre Biography

Title:
Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the NORML Foundation
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Evidence indicates that marijuana and its derivatives are suitable for patients suffering from various types of chronic pain, especially those unresponsive to traditional analgesics. In addition, cannabis may offer fewer negative side-effects than opioids – which can be highly addictive – and NSAIDS [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs], which can induce stomach ulcers, bleeding, and kidney failure.”

“Marijuana Spray Arrests Pain in MS, Spinal Cord Patients, Study Says,” news release, NORML website, Sep. 6, 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
  • Executive Director, NORML Foundation, 1997-present
  • Deputy National Director, NORML, 1993-1997
  • Communications Director, NORML, 1991-1993
Education:
  • BA, Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1989
Other:
  • Has appeared on hundreds of nationally televised news programs and on over 1,000 radio shows representing NORML’s point of views on the topic of marijuana.