Profiles in Cannabis: Norm Stamper

NORML is proud to confirm that Norm Stamper will be speaking at the 2009 NORML National Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Mr. Stamper was a police officer for 34 years, the first 28 in San Diego, the last six (1994-2000) as Seattle’s Chief of Police. He has a doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior, and is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing (Nation Books, 2005). He is an advisory board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and is a frequently featured critic of the drug war on radio and cable news outlets.

Most recently, Norm penned the forward to the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009), stating: “From my own work and the experiences of other members of the law enforcement community, it is abundantly clear that marijuana is rarely, if ever, the cause of harmfully disruptive or violent behavior. In fact, I would go so far as to say that marijuana use often helps to tamp down tensions where they otherwise might exist.”

Norm says, “Yes we cannabis” and so should you! Meet Norm and hundreds of other likeminded people at NORML’s 38th annual conference, taking place September 24-26 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Francisco. For registration information, please visit:

More about Norm:

Huffington Post: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alcohol from a Former Police Chief

Huffington Post: Marijuana Is No Laughing Matter, Mr. President

Huffington Post: A Former Police Chief on New Marijuana Book

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  1. I’m glad that at least one cop is willing to speak the truth. I had a sociology class with a DUI task officer and he often said that weed is more dangerous than alcohol when it comes to driving. I don’t understand how the majority of police can be so naive when it comes to marijuana.

  2. dude. i just watched a video on youtube of this guy speaking about anti-prohibition and it was extremely well done.

  3. Thank you sir for telling the truth.
    Now if we could convince our lawmakers to follow the truth. Rather that the millions given to them to continue supporting corporate profits and our slavery….

  4. Norm, I thank you for your continued support for the legalization of a plant that could actually save this world.
    I have listened many years to my father, who used to be a Highway cop in WV back in the 70’s. He tells me all the time at how BAD our cops are now. Tasering 80 yr olds and such. WHat happened to PROTECT AND SERVE? My dad told me of a particular story where he pulled a guy over that had a 68 chevy truck filled with freshly picked plants that the guy had just harvested. The guy was shtting himself. My dad knew what the plants were but he let him go without a warning or anything….he didnt even acknowledge the plants. 2 days later, the dumbass was running his mouth about how stupid my father was so my dad went to his house, and told the SOB that if he ever caught him with ANY amount of pot that he would spent time behind bars. I remember another story my dad told me about a guy owning a town store on a hill next to a school bus stop. The owner of the store would take little girls into his store, give them candy, and in return would get a bj from a 10 year old, if they were that old. My dad arrested the guy, but since he had family in high places, he got 30 days on the hill. After the man got out, my dad would sit infront of his store at 8 am and at 3 pm. The owner called my dads boss and complained about police harrassment and when my dads boss asked my dad about it, he said he was ensuring the children where crossing the road safely. He was PROTECTING against VERY VIOLENT CRIMINALS. HE WAS SERVING THOSE CHILDREN. And for the last story. My father went to a bar where a reported fight had broke out. The two men had beat the hell out of each other over a deal gone bad. One of the men, the one buying, was from a different county and tried to rip off the other guy. Well, my dad took the guy selling and told him he had to go spend the night in jail over the disterbance as well as the other guy would be going too. My dad took the guy to his car and on the way over, the guy told him that he had a QP in his sock. My dad didnt know the guy, but my dad wasnt interested in the pot, he wanted peace and order. My dad made him promise no more fighting and in return, my dad took the man to his house, told his wife to come give his husband a hug. My dad turned his back and the man gave his wife the bag and they both went to the jail.
    Now I ask you, do you think that my father did anything wrong? He may have broken the laws of the state but you can go back to the county that he patrolled TODAY and ask them about my father, and every single person will know who he is, but more importantly, they will tell you that they would rather have him as a cop anyday over the cops now-a-days.
    So I ask you President Obama, will you serve your people? To the police reading this, will you protect the people against nasty people that hurt little kids, destroy lives, and ruin communities? Or will you continue to arrest and prosecute people that hurt NO ONE even if pot is harmful, we are still smoking (or however we take our meds) it in our house!!!!!!!!!

  5. Looking forward to meeting all of the like minded people at the NORML convention. When you listen to and read what Norm has to say it is very convincing. He should know after his long career in law enforcement. I became a supporter of LEAP after reading some of his thoughts and experiences. He’s a great person to have as a spokesman for lifting prohibition of cannabis.
    P.S. I’m also looking forward to the party on Saturday night!

  6. NORML and LEAP sleeping in the same bed :
    Not my cup of tea.
    [Editor’s note: Why? What is your concern with NORML and LEAP working together? They’ve been working together since LEAP began a few years ago.]

  7. Norm Stamper has seen the light at the end of the tunnel on MARIJUANA PROHIBITION and the adverse effects of the drug war on the American people. The trouble with our government is that they can two wrongs and make it a right and disects the Constitution their way with propaganda and lies, it’s like NAZI GERMANY all over again. This time it will be the rise of the FOURTH REICH, AMERICAN STYLE, and going beyond our borders to expand MARIJUANA PROHIBITION. This time if you were to a put a SS insignia or a SWASTIKA armband on government STORMTROOPERS (DEA) there would not be much of a difference in uniforms because now there BACK IN BLACK. So whats its going to now, HEIL OBAMA!

  8. ONIK ONIK i smell pig shit, once a pig always a pig, why didnt he stand up when he was on duty or any of them other officers that are now with LEAP. how many heads did he bust to get there… fucking pigs… one lov…
    [Editor’s note: Your post is obnoxious, stupid and shallow. Guess you don’t believe in redemption or forgiveness? What kind of world would it be without redemption or forgiveness?]

  9. RE: #12
    – I’m interested to know why you object to
    NORML & LEAP working together to end Prohib II.
    LEO’s are the first people we want on our side,
    (especially those who have seen the futility
    of the drug-war first hand, and the superior
    violence-inducing properties of booze…).

    – On tonight’s 2 episodes of COPS,
    alcohol was the primary-factor in 100%
    of the domestic violence situations shown…

  10. “Most recently, Norm penned the *forward* to the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?”
    is it “Forward” or “Foreword”?

  11. NeuroGenesis1:29
    You are the one that cut me up on the last topic??
    we fight the same fight you do it your way and I will do it my way. I don’t appreciate negative comments from people that are on the same side??? WHATUPDUDE??
    Cherokee Fred Hussein Jesus Chang

  12. If you want constitutive criticism I normally skip your post. Confusing to me but I am old…

  13. Of the topic but if you understand spanish or not check out this video from utube…u will like it and hope it inspires U!
    Marcha Mundial de la Marihuana 2009 – Buenos Aires. Programa Especial (Parte I)..
    it means World March for Marijuana 2009- Buenos Aires, Argentina

  14. #19 Cherokee Fred Jesus Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
    “…Confusing to me…”
    RE: This explains alot, CFHJC.
    – I should avoid drinking ,(alcohol),
    and posting, for I tend to be overly critical…

    (I’m deeply-disturbed afterwards
    by the things I wrote,
    and the way they were written).

  15. todos llevamos una mascara, por eso la sociedad nos acepta, y el que se da cuenta que lleva puesto algo ajeno e intenta sacarselo y mostrarle a los demas que no tienen porque vivir enmascarados, es condenado para siempre.
    Ganja was legalized in Argentina!

  16. why are we as patients have to pay outrages prices on are meds. we all know that it does not cost 60 dollars an eighth. all these despesarys. say they are nonprofit. but when you pushing to sell close with the name on it.and tell them get out come back with more money. its not fair that the meds on the street are cheaper and stronger. to walk into a shop and have a set price to get a gift. i walk out with out my meds because i cant afford ther prices in pain. to see people waitng to get meds with out a card outside and you advertise them in your magazine is not cool. over twenty of your adds are corruppt despensarys

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