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: Feb 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A review of the NIH website shows that U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse's kibosh on medical marijuana trials continues unabated.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Nov 15, 2010, Source: The Hill

There are serious issues regarding Obama's nomination of Michele Leonhart to head the DEA.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2010, Source: The Hill

Despite the claims that Prop 19 would be preempted by the Feds, they haven't challenged the fact that Californians have the legal right to determine their own marijuana policies.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

It's time to end the legal harassment, discrimination, and criminal prosecution of adult marijuana users in California simply because they are healthy -- Prop 19 will do that.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Big Alcohol's decision to squash marijuana law reform to protect its bottom line is simply politics as usual.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

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

Posted on: Jul 20, 2010, Source: LA Times

Prohibition has failed, yet Feinstein's arguments against Proposition 19 suggest she is comfortable with the unacceptable status quo.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

For more than three decades, America's marijuana policies have been based upon rhetoric. Perhaps it's time to begin listening to what the experts have to say.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Scientists have begun speculating that the root cause of disease conditions such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome may be endocannabinoid deficiency.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

It's time to remove the production and distribution of marijuana out of the hands of violent criminal enterprises and into the hands of licensed businesses.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Once again mainstream media are running wild with the absurd notion that marijuana use causes psychological problems, despite much evidence to the contrary.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The fifteen-second ad, asserting that taxing and regulating the adult use and sale of marijuana would raise 'billions of dollars in national revenue,' was rejected out of hand

Posted on: Dec 31, 2009, Source: NORML

There has been a tidal shift in politics and on Marijuana laws in America, from Obama lightening up on pot prosecutions to the recognition of cancer prevention properties.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The government keeps pushing the BS that pot is addictive and has serious health consequences. And no wonder -- lying about pot is a lucrative business.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

An exclusive look at the historic testimony prepared for a special hearing on legalizing marijuana to the California Assembly.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Recent scientific reports suggest that pot doesn't destroy your brain, that it doesn't cause lung damage like tobacco -- but you won't hear it in the corporate media.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2009, Source: NORML

41 percent of the U.S. population say they've tried cannabis at least once in their lives, 10 percent say they've used it in the last year.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2009, Source: Chelsea Green Publishing

The stats for death and injury tied to alcohol on campus are staggering, yet students are more harshly punished for pot -- which is far more benign.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The authors of a new book on misconceptions about marijuana respond to the torrent of comments on an excerpt published on AlterNet.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2009, Source: Chelsea Green Publishing

A new book explains how we're steering people away from cannabis and toward the use of a very harmful and deadly substance: alcohol.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2009, Source: NORML

Approximately 80% say they want to bring the pot industry into the city's tax base.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2009, Source: NORML

Rep. Mark Kirk thinks that the magic number of 15% THC concentration in marijuana should lead to a 25-year prison penalty.

Posted on: May 15, 2009, Source: NORML

The govt. "warns" us that our pot is stronger than anything Jerry Garcia ever smoked in his heyday. What do they expect?

Posted on: May 7, 2009, Source: NORML

John Walters uses classic anti-drug logic to pave over Schwarzenegger's call to legalize marijuana.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Even the most mainstream figures are now taking the idea of legalizing and taxing pot seriously -- budget-crunched governments should listen.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2009, Source: NORML

Since 1965, police have arrested over 20 million Americans for violating marijuana laws. Obama shouldn't laugh at questions about legalizing it.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2009, Source: NORML

So why does the mainstream media continue to get the story wrong when it comes to pot?

Posted on: Feb 5, 2009, Source: NORML

What gives? Let's see Obama be the one who personally rains on the DEA's eight-year parade that has crushed the lives of thousands.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Pot-reform activists have swarmed Obama's, and huge majorities voted for pot reform in election '08, but no change yet from Obama.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2009, Source: NORML

Is this behavior the final gasp of a dying regime, or an unfortunate harbinger of things to come? That could be up to you.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2008, Source: NORML's response to pot supporters -- "President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana."

Posted on: Dec 12, 2008, Source: NORML

16 of the top 50 overall questions posed to the new administration on the site pertained to drug law reform.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2008, Source: NORML

If lawmakers really wanted to address marijuana use, they would regulate and tax pot like they do tobacco.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2008, Source: NORML

Three suggestions for how Obama can take immediate, practical steps to reform America's antiquated and punitive pot laws

Posted on: Nov 4, 2008, Source: NORML

Voters have rejected the Bush doctrine on drugs.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2008, Source: NORML

You can learn a lot about the merits of a proposal by taking a good, hard look at who's lobbying against it.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2008, Source: AlterNet

74% of all Americans busted for pot are under 30 -- it's long past time for young people to join ranks and help end this drug war.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2008, Source: NORML

I'd like to give you seven specific reasons why the use of cannabis by adults remains a crime in America.