Stories by Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and serves as a senior policy advisor for Freedom Leaf, Inc. He is the co-author of the book, Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, 2013). subscribe to Paul Armentano's feed

Posted on: Nov 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Pot smokers have a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2015, Source: NORML

New polls show strong support for marijuana in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania ahead of next year's national elections.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2015, Source: NORML

Reefer Madness-style propaganda is so last century.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2015, Source: NORML

You know that times have changed when the GOP is split on pot.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2015, Source: NORML Stash Blog

Two new JAMA studies largely fail to support past claims about marijuana and brain health.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2015, Source: High Times

This latest study is not the first to link cannabis use with lower incidences of obesity and diabetes.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2015, Source: NORML

Shocking statement by the director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

They're calling on the DEA to consider the prospect of licensing private manufacturers of cannabis for research purposes.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The press reports on the JAMA meta-analysis of cannabinoid research were all over the place. Most of them missed the story.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2015, Source: NORML

HHS's decision to undo the requirement that marijuana studies undergo a Public Health Service review is a step in the right direction, but only a step.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2015, Source: NORML

In a closely watched case, Judge Kimberly Mueller could have challenged the Schedule 1 classification of marijuana, but didn't.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The root cause of conditions such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome may be endocannabinoid deficiency.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2015, Source: NORML

It's already a done deal. A pot legalization initiative will go before the voters in the November 2016 election.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Rep. David SImpson makes a surprising case for ending prohibition.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Another knee-jerk bad idea.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

No, smoking pot likely will not make you psychotic.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2015, Source: NORML

Drivers who test positive for the presence of THC in blood are no more likely to be involved in motor vehicle crashes than are drug-free drivers.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Five new cannabis-centric studies warrant major attention.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

News outlets continue to ignore research that belies government anti-pot propaganda.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2015, Source: NORML

Some coughing, maybe; but serious issues, no.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Even a minor pot bust can be life-altering for people unlucky enough to be arrested in one of these five states.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2014, Source: NORML

Nebraska and Oklahoma don't like Colorado's legal marijuana system, and they want the US Supreme Court to get rid of it for them.

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.