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: 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.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet

At the same time public support for marijuana legalization reached record highs, Obama shifted from one time medicinal cannabis sympathizer to White House weed-whacker.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2012, Source: NORML

Even after the Commissioner told cops to follow the books on pot charges, small time weed arrests continued, breaking records for the past decade.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2012, Source: NORML

According to a new study, exposure to cannabis smoke, even over the long-term, is not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011, Source: NORML

A new study estimates that one-third of U.S. young people will be arrested or taken into custody for illegal or delinquent offenses, including pot, by the age of 23.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2011, Source: NORML

Posted on: Oct 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

With support for marijuana law reform growing in every demographic, politicians should no longer consider it a political liability. Unfortunately, Obama still does.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana arrests now comprise more than one-half (52 percent) of all drug arrests in the United States.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Despite media claims that marijuana can cause psychosis or schizophrenia, there's no science to back it up.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source: NORML

The White House’s official justification for the ongoing multigenerational drug war was light on facts and heavy on rhetoric.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

How can an employer terminate an employee for off-the-job marijuana use, even if the employee is authorized under state law to use cannabis medicinally?

Posted on: May 13, 2011, 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: Apr 16, 2011, Source: NORML

‘Change we can believe in?’ Not when it comes to medical marijuana policy.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2011, Source: AlterNet

We should be very wary about the DEA allowing regulation and marketing of pharmaceutical products containing plant-derived THC.