Keith Stroup is the founder and currently legal counsel for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Stroup obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and in 1968 he graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Stroup founded NORML in 1970 and ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses. Stroup rejoined the board of directors of NORML in 1994, and was asked to resume his duties as executive director of the organization in 1995, a position he held again for 10 years, stepping aside in 2005 and serving as NORML Legal Counsel since. Stroup has received various awards for his work including the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award and the Al Horn Award from the NORML Legal Committee. In 2013 Stroup published the history of NORML entitled It’s NORML To Smoke Pot: the 40 Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights.