Dale Gieringer

Dale Gieringer

Dale Gieringer has been the state director of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 1987.  In this capacity he has spoken with thousands of medical marijuana users and is the author of "Marijuana Medical Handbook."  He is a member of the national NORML board of directors, director of the Drug Policy Forum of California (DPFCA), and treasurer of the California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR).  He is a commissioner on the city of Oakland’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission.  He  has published research on  the economic benefits of legalization, medical marijuana usage, the history of marijuana and drug prohibition, potency testing, marijuana and driving safety, and drug urinalysis.

He sponsored path-breaking R&D on vaporizers as a smoke-free delivery system for cannabis.  He has testified before the legislature, local governments, and courts on issues related to marijuana. He was one of the original co-authors of California's medical marijuana initiative, Prop. 215, the proponent of Oakland’s Measure Z cannabis initiative in 2004. a sponsor of California's pathbreaking legalization bill, AB 390, and a consultant on numerous other cannabis reform campaigns. He was a founding member of ProjectCBD, which pioneered the re-introduction of CBD into cannabis medicine.


California NORML Guide to Drug Testing (Regent Press, 2013)

Marijuana Medical Handbook  (co-authors:  Ed Rosenthal and Dr. Greg Carter) 2nd edition: Quick Publications, Oakland,  2008  (first edition with Dr. Tod Mikuriya, 1997).

Editor: California NORML Reports, 1987- present.  

Editorial Board of the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics (2001-2005)

Advisory Board, California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego.

International Anti-prohibition League

Americans for Safe Access Legal Advisory Committee

Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (Oregon)

Advisor, Oakland Museum Cannabis Exhibition 2015-6

Appointee,  City of Oakland Measure Z Cannabis Regulatory Commission :  Feb. 2006 - present


          Drug Policy Alliance - Robert Randall Award 2011

          High Times Freedom Fighter of the Year, 2010

          NORML  Lester Grinspoon Award, 2005


    "Practical experience with legalized cannabis,"  Addiction  107 #5: 875-6. May 2012.

    "How Accurate is Potency Testing?" O-Shaughnessy's, Autumn 2011.

    Contributing author, Encyclopedia of Drug Policy, (Ed. Kleiman and Hawdon, 2010)

    "State's war on drugs a 100-year-old bust,"  Insight section, San Francisco Chronicle, March 4, 2007.

    "Revenue and Taxes from Oakland's Cannabis Economy" Report to Measure Z Oversight Committee, with Richard Lee (Nov 2006)

    "Advice for Medical Marijuana Providers," in Richard Glen Boire & Kevin Feeney, ed., Medical Marijuana Law (Ronin Press, 2006)

    " Roadside sobriety tests and attitudes toward a regulated cannabis market," co-author with Alison Looby & Mitch Earleywine, Harm Reduction Journal 4:4 (31 Jan 2007)  http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/4/1/4

    "Centennial of an Unnatural Disaster: 100th Anniversary of Federal Drug Regulation" Liberty June 2006


    “Jack London, California’s Cannabis Pioneer,” Oaksterdam News (Spring 2005) http://www.canorml.org/history/London-CannabisPioneer.pdf

"Cannabis Vaporizer Combines Efficient Delivery of THC With Effective Suppression Of Pyrolytic Compounds" Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics  Vol. 4 #1 (2004).

"Ronald Reagan: An Autopsy," Liberty, August 2004.

    "The Acceptance of Medicinal Marijuana in the U.S." Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics  Vol. 3 #1 (2003) pp. 53-67.

    "Cannabis Vaporization: A Promising Strategy for Smoke Harm Reduction," Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, Vol. 1 #3/4: 153-70 (2001).

    "The 125th Anniversary of the War on Drugs," Liberty, January 2001

    “Medical Uses of Cannabis:  Experience in California,” in Grotenhermen, F., Russo, E., ed. Cannabis and Cannabinoids - Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Potential, Haworth, New York (2002)

.    "The Forgotten Origins of Cannabis Prohibition in California," Contemporary Drug Problems, Summer 1999 Vol. 26:237-88

    "The Economics of Cannabis Legalization" in Ed Rosenthal, ed. Hemp Today (Quick Publishing, 1994).

    "Marijuana Health Mythology," California NORML 1994

    "Urinalysis or Uromancy?," in Trebach & Zeese, ed. Strategies for Change: New Directions in Drug Policy  (Drug Policy Foundation 1992)

    "Health Tips for Marijuana Smokers," California NORML 1992

    "The Health Hazards of Marijuana," Sinsemilla Tips (Spring 1990)

    "How Many Crack Babies?" in Trebach & Zeese, ed. Drug Prohibition and the Conscience of Nations (Drug Policy Foundation, 1990)

    "Towards a Users' Rights Drug Policy," in Trebach & Zeese, ed. Drug Policy 1989-1990 (Drug Policy Foundation, 1989)

    "Marijuana, Driving and Accident Safety," Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 20#1: 93-101 (Jan-Mar 1988).

    "The DEA" Reason, December 1986.

    "Compassion Vs. Control: FDA Investigational-Drug Regulation," Cato Policy Analysis  #72, May 1986.

    "The FDA's Bad Medicine," Policy Review #33 (Summer 1985).

    "The Safety and Efficacy of New Drug Approval," Cato Journal 5#1:177-201 (Spring/Summer 1985).

 Research Projects:

    Project CBD (laboratory ring test project) www.projectCBD.org

    Medical Cannabis Vaporizer Project

     Medical Cannabis Potency Testing Project, (MAPS Newsletter, IX#, 1999, pp.20-2)

    Marijuana Waterpipe/Vaporizer Study (MAPS Newsletter, VI#3, 1996, pp. 59-66)

 Education:  Ph.D.,  Stanford University Dept of Engineering-Economic Systems (1984).  Thesis:  "Consumer Choice and FDA Drug Regulation."