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: Nov 14, 2014, Source: Truthout

The takeaway from Election 2014 is clear: Americans agree that the enforcement of marijuana prohibition is not working.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Uh oh -- new study looks at brain imaging of marijuana consumers, but it's impossible to draw conclusions.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2014, Source: AlteNet

Investigators at John Hopkins University assessed the impact of second-hand marijuana smoke.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2014, Source: NORML

A recent study proves what most real-life pot smokers already know.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

They're looking particularly at cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotropic compound in pot.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Five new cannabis-centric studies that warrant major attention.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Science conclusively shows that pot has been inaccurately classified for nearly half a century.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2014, Source: NORML

In a new stud, CBD administration improved the quality of life for patients.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Patients who might benefit from CBD therapy remain best served by advocating for laws legalizing the entire cannabis plant.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A new study of over 600 couples shows more frequent marijuana use means less frequent violence.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2014, Source: NORML

A major finding showing the social value of medical cannabis.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The country’s marijuana policies continue to be divorced from science.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A growing number of local ballot measures would depenalize pot-related offenses across the country.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The drug czar's office still opposes legalizing cannabis.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2014, Source: NORML

This uptick in arrests comes even though pot remains widely used, available, and perceived of as safe by most Americans.

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.

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