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: 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.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Cannabis arrests now comprise nearly 47.5 percent of all drug arrests in the United States, 89% of them for mere possession.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Joe Biden authored the laws establishing the White House drug czar and random drug testing of public employees, among others.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2008, Source: NORML

Marijuana helps relieve neuropathic pain in people with HIV, says a University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine study.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2008, Source: High Times

<i>Stoners in the Mist</i> is one of the most offensive and outrageous pieces of anti-drug propaganda ever produced.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Police caught Hoffman with pot but promised to drop charges if she agreed to go undercover in a drug bust. She was killed soon afterward.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet

While the the American Medical Association claims pot has no medical value, Big Pharma is busy getting patents for marijuana products.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2008, Source: NORML

Yet another marijuana study on health risks that relies on subjects who smoke pot 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

Posted on: May 22, 2008, Source: NORML

Scientific studies indicate that marijuana can halt the spread of numerous cancer cells, including the type that Kennedy suffers from.

Posted on: May 12, 2008, Source: NORML

How can you tell if the drug czar is lying? If his lips are moving.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2008, Source: AlterNet

It's laughable that the Feds are pushing the concept of pot addiction when science shows that withdrawal symptoms from caffeine are far worse.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2008, Source: NORML

UN Drug Czar Antonio Maria Costa made a rare appearance before the drug law reform community last November. He made quite an impression.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Headlines suggested a study proved pot is a greater cancer risk than tobacco -- but the media didn't even wait for the report to be released.