NORML Welcomes Newest Additions To Advisory Board

Norm Stamper, Frank Lucido Join Board, Will Be Featured At 2006 National Conference

Washington, DC: NORML is pleased to welcome ex-Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper and longtime California physician Frank Lucido to its Advisory Board. Stamper and Lucido join travel writer Rick Steves, noted actor Woody Harrelson, country music star Willie Nelson, American Civil Liberties Union President (ACLU) Nadine Strossen, and political commentator Bill Maher, along with more than a dozen other celebrities and drug policy experts who serve on NORML’s Advisory Board.

Stamper is a former Chief of Police for the city of Seattle and has 34 years experience in law enforcement. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute and holds a Ph.D in leadership and human behavior from United States International University. Stamper is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing (Nation Books, 2005). In recent years, Stamper has been an outspoken critic of the drug war, delivering numerous talks in the US and Canada on behalf of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), and penning several opinion pieces calling for the decriminalization of drugs in the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, and other publications.

Dr. Frank H. Lucido has been a practicing family physician in Berkeley, California since 1979. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and completed his Family Practice training through the University of California at Davis. Lucido is on the steering committee of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and he a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. Lucido is the founder of MedicalBoardWatch.com and Lucido Medical-Legal Consulting, which educate doctors, attorneys, and law patients on the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis, and provide assistance to physicians who recommend medical marijuana in compliance with state law.

Both Stamper and Lucido will be appearing this week at the 2006 national NORML Conference in San Francisco.

“We are pleased that both Norm Stamper and Frank Lucido are availing their name, time, and credibility to assist NORML’s efforts to end cannabis prohibition,” NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre. “Norm Stamper served for more than 30 years on the front lines of the drug war, and can speak first-hand of the collateral damage inflicted by the criminal prohibition of cannabis. Similarly, Dr. Frank Lucido has served for over a decade on the front lines of the government’s war on the seriously ill, and can speak authoritatively on the plight of patients and on the effectiveness of therapeutic cannabis. We are honored to have both of these respected advocates bringing their expertise to NORML’s Advisory Board and to NORML’s 2006 national Conference.”

For more information on the 2006 national NORML Conference in San Francisco, please visit: http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6756. Registration for the Conference will be available at the door. For more information on the activities of NORML’s Advisory Board, please visit: http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=5471