Last updated on: 7/17/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

R. Keith Stroup, JD Biography

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

“For many patients, traditional medications do work and they do not require or desire medical marijuana. However, for a significant number of serious ill patients, including patients suffering from AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain among others, traditional medications do not provide symptomatic relief as effectively as medicinal cannabis. These patients must not be branded as criminals or forced to suffer needlessly in pain.”

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) FAQs, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Executive Director, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Founder, NORML foundation
Education:
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard School of Law
  • BA, Political Science, University of Illinois
Other:
  • Founded NORML in 1970
  • Petitioned the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to re-schedule marijuana to Schedule II