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Paul Armentano
Paul Armentano
Deputy Director, NORML
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      Paul Armentano

      Paul Armentano is the deputy director for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and is the co-author of the book, “Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?”

It’s Time For Congressional Action On Marijuana Policy

11:30 AM 04/25/2017

West Virginia recently became the 30th state to authorize the physician-recommended use of marijuana or marijuana-infused products. An additional fourteen states permit patients to access products containing cannabidiol, a specific chemical compound available in the cannabis plant. And this past January, scholars at the National Academy of Sciences determined that there exists “conclusive evidence” that the herb is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and other diseases. Nonetheless, federal law continues to declare that neither marijuana nor any of its organic constituents possess any “accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” This sort of Flat Earth contention no longer passes the smell test.

Trump’s Proposed Pot Crackdown Is Out Of Step With Voters, Including Many Republicans

4:42 PM 02/24/2017

The Republican Party controls the legislative and executive branch for the first time since the 109th Congress. Understandably, leadership is anxious to push forward an agenda that comports with longstanding conservative principles of limited government as well as with the President’s populist rhetoric. Advocating for marijuana policy reform ought to be part of this federal agenda. Here’s why.

The Federal Government Should Butt Out Of State Marijuana Laws

2:23 PM 10/23/2015

Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending our nation's nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a taxed and regulated adult marketplace. Twenty-three states now permit the medicinal use of cannabis; four of these states also regulate the plant’s production and sale to adults. The Obama administration has largely taken a ‘hands off’ approach to these statewide policy changes. The next administration ought to as well.

Legalized Marijuana Hasn’t Caused The Sky To Fall

5:33 PM 12/30/2014

Those opposed to liberalizing marijuana laws allege that legalizing pot will adversely impact society. Yet, as more states move forward with regulatory alternatives to pot prohibition, it is becoming evident that opponents’ fears are largely unwarranted.

Colorado’s pot policies provide an exit strategy for the nation

10:30 AM 01/08/2014

Despite over 70 years of federal prohibition, tens of thousands of people throughout the nation are right now purchasing marijuana. But only in Colorado are these transactions legal, regulated, and taxed. The product being marketed is of known quality and potency. The seller is not a black-market dealer; rather, he or she is a paid employee of a licensed business explicitly authorized to engage in such transactions. The profits from these transactions bring fiscal benefits to the local community, not the black-market economy.

Medical marijuana efforts soldier on without Congress’ help

2:33 PM 08/08/2013

On Thursday, August 1, Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation into law authorizing patients with a qualifying illness to legally possess and procure medical marijuana. Illinois joins 19 other states and the District of Columbia in its acknowledgement that marijuana is safe and efficacious as a therapeutic agent.