R. Keith Stroup is a pioneer of drug policy reform, having founded the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in 1970. During his initial stint as NORML's National Director in the 1970's, the organization oversaw the decriminalization of marijuana in 11 states, as well as a broadening of discussion of alternatives to criminal prohibition. NORML has since grown into one of the largest and best recognized drug policy reform organizations in the nation, with over 100 chapters and some 15,000+ members. Mr. Stroup returned as NORML's Executive Director in 1995, and continues to advocate the ending of criminal punishment for adult marijuana use, recently testifying before Congress to articulate that position (March, 1996).In addition to his work with NORML, Mr. Stroup is also a public-interest lawyer who has represented consumers, family farmers, artists, and other criminal defense lawyers. For the five years prior to his return to NORML, he served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.