Stories by Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and the co-author of Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink (Chelsea Green, 2009).  subscribe to Paul Armentano's feed

Posted on: Jul 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Voters nationwide could radically alter marijuana policy this November.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2014, Source: NORML

Oregon's legalization initiative qualifies for the 2014 ballot.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

There would be far more literature about cannabis’ efficacy if the feds didn't impede studies.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A paper in the esteemed journal uses distortions to lay out the federal case for keeping marijuana illegal.

Posted on: May 27, 2014, Source: High Times

State and federal hemp laws are rapidly changing.

Posted on: May 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

By any objective analysis, cannabis and cannabinoids exceed the FDA’s existing standards for medicine.

Posted on: May 6, 2014, Source: NORML

The government is increasing its marijuana production quota from 21 kilograms to 650 kilograms to meet demand.

Posted on: May 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet

No recreational intoxicant or therapeutic agent is completely safe, but pot is objectively safer than most available, legal alternatives.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2014, Source: High Times

Doctor: “We desperately need someone to step up and explore this potential for the efficacy of cannabis.”

Posted on: Apr 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Why do prohibitionists keep pushing lies about legal weed?

Posted on: Apr 22, 2014, Source: NORML

Investigators analyzed data from a nationwide survey on alcohol and drug use.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A neuroimaging study of the brains of marijuana smokers caused unwarranted frenzy.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Two scientific papers suggest the dire warnings we've heard about marijuana for decades don't hold water.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2014, Source: NORML

Media outlets reporting otherwise are wrong.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Lawmakers should consider alternative legislative approaches when it comes to cannabis and driving.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Four states may allow limited access to cannabidiol while maintaining existing legal restrictions on the whole cannabis plant.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Former NIDA director suggests parents engage in the random drug testing of their children.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2014, Source: NORML

Cannabis prohibition is a “Draconian system where politics override science."

Posted on: Mar 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

You'd think the director of NIH would know a thing or two about the science of cannabis. You'd be wrong.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Don't sacrifice the plant for one of its healing compounds.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The science is clear that it's a terrible idea.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The drug czar is getting a quick lesson about accountability.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014, Source: High Times

That's the bottom line.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

New polls indicate that marijuana law reform is still a winning issue — even in Republican leaning states.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We should spend more time preventing alcohol fatalities.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Whether the governor’s plans will actually bring medicinal cannabis to sick New Yorkers remains dubious at best.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

They're spending $2M on unnecessary research.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The benefits, and common sense, point to cannabis prohibition becoming a thing of the past.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2013, Source: NORML

Record highs of the public supporting legal cannabis for adult consumption.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

We now know as much about cannabis as we know about alcohol, tobacco and many prescription drugs.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: NORML

Meanwhile, the mainstream media continue to peddle marijuana scare stories.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: High Times

There's very little data to suggest that cannabis causes long-lasting memory problems or an increased risk of schizophrenia.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

This lie lives on largely because of a sensationalist media who never met a cannabis scare story they didn’t like.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: High Times

So why do far stricter, zero-tolerance laws still apply to pot?

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013, Source: High Times

And Nebraska at #3?

Posted on: Nov 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Employers ought to judge employees on the quality of their performance, not on the quality of their pee.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Why we can't allow the truth get stretched on health risks tied to cannabis.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2013, Source: NORML

In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, these agents can destroy cancer cells on their own.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2013, Source: NORML

"By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.”

Posted on: Aug 21, 2013, Source: High Times

2013 has been an extremely busy year at the state level for marijuana.