Bruce Margolin

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Bruce Margolin (born September 11, 1941) is a criminal defense attorney who specializes in marijuana and drug laws. He is the director of the Los Angeles chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). 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, and retired in 1971 and went 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.

Notable Clients

  • Timothy Leary
  • Christian Brando
  • Linda Lovelace
  • Members of band Guns n' Roses