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: 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 Change.gov, 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

Change.gov'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 Change.gov 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.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2008, Source: NORML

So for the second month in a row we have researchers from New Zealand telling us that pot smoking has little-to-no association with cancer.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2008, Source: NORML

Ooh, a journalist is going to inject himself with pot -- to warn people of its "dramatic" effects.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Changing public opinion about pot isn't easy. Changing America's anti-pot laws is even harder -- here's a blueprint to get it done.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

U.S. arrests for pot possession were up to 739,000 in 2006. And the cost to tax payers? $1 billion a year.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The feds have started issuing dire warnings about the potency of today's marijuana, calling it "Pot 2.0." Will it backfire and tempt more to toke?

Posted on: Sep 30, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Since 1990, over 10.4 million Americans have been busted for pot. When will we recognize it's time to stand up to the war on harmless pot smoking?

Posted on: Sep 9, 2007, Source: Huffington Post

How does the federal government reconcile its propaganda on the dangers of pot with the huge number of people who rely on marijuana's medicinal powers? Pretend they don't exist.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2007, Source: Huffington Post

A new attempt to scare pot smokers in Britain alleges that smoking pot can increase the risk of becoming "psychotic." A quick glance at the data cited reveals no such correlation.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The Republican governor of Connectictut is the latest politician to look foolish for pushing tough anti-marijuana policies in the face of scientific data that proves the arguments hollow.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The ONDCP is spreading new propaganda that the pot grown in the 1960's and '70s is far weaker than today's "pot 2.0," making absurd and unsubstantiated claims of "brain damage."

Posted on: Jun 14, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The FDA has rejected a controversial diet aid that is supposed to counteract the effects of pot and has been linked to suicidal thoughts and depression.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2007, Source: AlterNet

If you're a pot smoking African-American or Hispanic in New York City, chances are you and the NYPD are on a first-name basis.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Since 1972, U.S. taxpayers have spent well over $20 billion enforcing criminal marijuana laws and 16.5 million people have been arrested. It's time to put an end to this waste.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It's no wonder that a $2 billion anti-drug campaign which included suggestions that smoking pot supports al Qaeda and causes pregnancy completely failed. So why are Republicans throwing another $130 million at it?

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