MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host the “Great Marijuana Debate” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center.

            Bob Barr, political and social commentator and former congressman, will debate against Keith Stroup, founder and former executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). 

Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee.  He currently occupies the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union, and is the honorary chair for Citizens United.  Barr is a contributor for CNN, and frequently appears as a guest on television news and opinion shows.  He also serves with the law offices of Edwin Marger, with a national and international practice in both civil and criminal law. 

Stroup founded NORML in 1970 and led the organization until 1979.  During that time, 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses. NORML’s purpose is to provide a voice in the public policy arena for Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly.  It supports the removal of all penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, and also supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana.  In 1992, Stroup received the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for outstanding achievement in the field of drug policy reform.    

            Admission is free for NMU students with ID and $2 for the general public.  This event is sponsored by Platform Personalities and the Student Activity Fee.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz