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: 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.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2013, Source: Chelsea Green Publishing

Alcohol is far more dangerous than pot.

Posted on: May 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Federal lawmakers and the White House continue to willfully ignore science in regards to the cannabis plant.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana reform has huge momentum after legalization victories in Washington and Colorado. Here's what's coming next.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2013, Source: NORML

Amid record levels of overdose rates for prescription pain, a study that finds that marijuana reduces neuropathic pain.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source: NORML

Looking back at the year we made history.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source: NORML

A surprising three quarters of medical cannabis consumers say they subbed in pot for more harmful substances.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A near supermajority of American citizens believes the federal government ought to respect the states' new laws.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012, Source: PBS

Three experts explain everything you need to know about the battle to legalize marijuana.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The science is alarmingly inconclusive, but the punishment for mothers is severe.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

With just days to go before Election Day, voters are poised to make history.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2012, Source: NORML

It is a milestone that will no doubt go largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Strong polling numbers on ballot initiatives across the country indicate we have a full-fledged reefer rebellion against drug laws on the way.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

They don't even get you high, so why are these natural, non-toxic substances illegal? Because they're derived from cannabis.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2012, Source: NORML

Posted on: Jul 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The government and mainstream media like to push studies touting the purported dangers of marijuana, while ignoring scientific evidence that demonstrates the opposite.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2012, Source: AlterNet

More Americans and local politicians than ever before are demanding an end to marijuana prohibition -- but for change to happen, we need federal officials to start listening.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2012, Source: NORML

Posted on: May 30, 2012, Source: NORML

According to a new study, the use of cannabis is associated with lower mortality risk in patients with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders.

Posted on: May 25, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Federal politicians from both leading parties continue to presume, falsely, that marijuana law reform is insignificant to the American people.

Posted on: May 21, 2012, Source: NORML

Posted on: May 15, 2012, Source: NORML

Posted on: Mar 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A pragmatic regulatory framework allowing for the limited legal use cannabis would best mitigate the potential health risks and societal costs associated with its use.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A congressional commission on US drug policy did something extraordinary 40 years ago: it told the truth about marijuana.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2012, Source: NORML

Posted on: Mar 2, 2012, Source: NORML

A federal judge in Sacramento dismissed the NORML Legal Committee's lawsuit against the Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder, and DEA Director Michele Leonhart.

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