NORML Remembers Lynn Zimmer: Noted Sociologist, Former NORML Board Member

New York, NY: Lynn Zimmer – a longtime sociologist at Queens College, City University of New York and co-author of the book Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts – died Sunday, July 2, due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis. She was 59 years old.

Professor Zimmer was an outspoken critic of American drug policy and a published author of several titles investigating illicit drug use and addiction. Most notable among her many works, Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts – co-authored with NORML Advisory Board member John P. Morgan – has been published in seven languages and was praised by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as “an important contribution to the marijuana and drug policy literature.”

In 1995, Professor Zimmer joined NORML’s Board of Directors, a position she held until 1999. She is a recipient of both the Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship from the Drug Policy Foundation (now the Drug Policy Alliance) and the Lester Grinspoon Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Marijuana Law Reform from NORML.

“Lynn was an articulate truth-teller and thoughtful academician who favored depenalizing the use, possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults,” NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. “Her insight, wit, and knowledge of the cannabis issue will be sorely missed by those working to inject some needed sanity into America’s irrational marijuana laws.”

NORML expresses its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Lynn Zimmer.