KEITH STROUP founded NORML in 1970 and has spent much of his professional life working to legalize marijuana. Keith believes "We need to stop the destructive practice of arresting responsible marijuana smokers and establish a legally regulated market where consumers could buy their marijuana in a safe and secure environment".Keith is a public interest attorney and has, at different times, represented the interests of criminal defense attorneys, family farmers and artists, as well as marijuana smokers.Keith first smoked marijuana as a freshman at Georgetown Law School in 1965 and has been a regular smoker now for 47 years. Specialties:They represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and are the marijuana smokers' lobby.
Peter Christ retired as a police captain after a 20-year career enforcing drug laws. From the beginning, Peter believed "the drug war can never be won and it is doing more harm than good." After retiring in 1989, Peter began speaking out publicly against that War. In 1993, he became one of the first members of "ReconsiDer", one of the original forums on drug policy, involving speakers from many diverse backgrounds. Peter quickly developed into the group's leading spokesperson, appearing at hundreds of venues.
Peter then originated the idea of creating LEAP, a drug policy reform group of current and former members of law enforcement modeled on "Vietnam Veterans Against the War". In 2002, after four years of Peter's preparation, LEAP finally emerged as a viable international nonprofit educational organization.
Christ is one of the most experienced of the LEAP speakers, having performed before hundreds of civic, professional, educational, and religious organizations, plus conducting television and radio interviews in dozens of markets. Peter speaks of the Drug War's impact on: police/community relations; the safety of law enforcement officers and suspects; police corruption and misconduct; and the financial and human costs associated with current drug policies. These issues include the effect of drug prohibition on the judiciary, sentencing issues, prison populations and minority communities, as well as the usefulness of drug education programs in reducing drug abuse