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Bruce Margolin
Born (1941-09-11) 11 September 1941 (age 79)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Alma materSouthwestern Law School
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Tara Margolin (2012–2013)

Bruce Margolin (born 11 September 1941) is a criminal defense attorney who specializes in marijuana and drug laws.[1] Since 1973, he has served as the executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).[2] He is the writer of the Margolin Guide to Marijuana Law.


Bruce Margolin was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Los Angeles, California as a young child. He began his practice when he was 25 years old, after earning his law degree from Southwestern Law School in 1966.[2] In 1970, Margolin ran for California State Assembly, losing by 5 percentage points. In 1971, he traveled to India with writer and spiritual leader Baba Ram Dass. Since he returned, he has remained a lawyer. In 1999, he was awarded the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year award by the Century City Bar Association. Margolin unsuccessfully ran for governor in the California recall election, 2003. Margolin planned to legalize marijuana and free all marijuana prisoners in the state of California if he were to win the election.

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  1. ^ "Some Marijuana Convictions Go Up in Smoke With California Legalization". Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Civil rights lawyers from the 1960s have lessons for today's social activists". Retrieved 15 October 2019.