Not Your Normal Attorney, Your NORML Attorney

Maryland Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney William Cooke

I’m not always normal. My friends and family know that by now. But normal isn’t always good. Normal people don’t think outside the box. Normal people don’t often get results. However, while, I may not always be normal, I am always NORML.

NORML, or the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, “supports the adoption of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers can buy marijuana for personal use from a safe legal source.” Founded in 1970, it is one of the leading organizations fighting to end the war against marijuana.

When I was a young prosecutor in Baltimore City, every day I would witness the futility and the cruelty of the drug war. Good people were turned into criminals and had their lives ruined for no decent reason. The war against marijuana always struck me as particularly absurd. Far more harm came from the fight against marijuana than any alleged harm from the use of marijuana itself.

After quitting my job as a prosecutor, I joined Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (since renamed the Law Enforcement Action Partnership) to speak out against our unjust drug policies. I also recently joined the NORML Legal Committee to support that organization.

If you are charged with a drug or marijuana crime in Maryland, the last thing you need is a lawyer who looks at you like a criminal. Drug crimes are not real crimes and the only victim is the person charged. If you are facing criminal charges, especially for violations of the so-called Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, you are likely very anxious about your situation. Give me a call (410-905-2185) or send me an email (, so I can help you.