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Bruce Mirken Biography

Former Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Voters support medical marijuana by a whopping margin, yet they think they’re in the minority. Nothing in the polling explains the reasons for this, but it is reasonable to assume that the saturation prevalence of ‘drugs are bad/marijuana is dangerous’ propaganda in the media (often parroted uncritically by mainstream news outlets) is a major reason. Support for protecting medical marijuana patients from arrest is a thoroughly mainstream position, but you wouldn’t know it from most media coverage of the issue.

It’s a safe bet that legislators and their campaign staffs are under the same misapprehension as voters. They think that supporting medical marijuana is a radical move that will get them in trouble with their constituents. It’s not, and it won’t. But our elected representatives won’t know that unless we teach them.”

“The Trouble with Marijuana and Legislators,” AlterNet, Apr. 1, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Communications, Marijuana Policy Project, 2002-2009
  • Editorial Board Member, Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy
  • Freelance journalist and activist, 1990-2002
  • His columns and articles have appeared in such publications as the Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Men’s Health, California Hospitals, and AIDS Treatment News
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