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 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.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet

So much for the American Medical Association's demand for clinical cannabis research.

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.