Aug 16, 2017
Will marijuana legalization happen in the south
next? Deputy Director of NORML (National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws) Paul Armentano comes to Coastal Noise to
talk southern state reform, what legal states are showing us now,
shifting public opinion, and what actions southern states can
take to end prohibition. Subscribe to Coastal Noise on
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About Paul Armentano: Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of
NORML and faculty member at Oaksterdam Unviversty. His writing and
research has appeared in over 750 publications, scholarly and/or
peer reviewed journals, as well as more than a dozen textbooks and
anthologies. He is a regular contributor to TheHill.com,
AlterNet.org, and Freedom Leaf. Mr. Armentano is the co-auothr of
"Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We
Driving People to Drink?"
which has been licensed and
translated internationally. His latest book is called
"The Citizen's Guide to
State-By-State Marijuana Laws".
He is the 2013 Freedom
Law School Health Freedom Champion of the Year and the 2013
Alfred R. Lindesmith award recipient in the achievement in the
field of scholarship.
Mr. Armentano was the principal investigator for defense
counsel in US vs Schweder, the first federal evidentiary since
1973 hearing to challenge the constitutionality of cannabis
as a schedule one controlled substance. He was also an expert
in a successful Canadian constitutional challenge (Crown versus
Allard) preserving qualified patients' rights to grow cannabis at
home. Mr. armentano previously provided online content to the
TheAnswerPage.com, an online medical educational resource that
provides daily education to healthcare professionals in 120
countries, as well as Continuing Medical Education credit. A
version of this curriculum is now required in New York state for
any physician who wishes to participate in the state's medical
: The National
Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Since its founding
in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for
those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end
to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit
public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of
the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly.
NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize
the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an
advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality
marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable. (Fyi : NORML has
a great newsletter that I have been subscribed to for almost ten
years. Check it out.)
-Marijuana in the main stream (over half of the US polling YES
-What we're learning from legal states - - - "We have not seen
[in the 30 states] that have enacted marijuana laws, starting with
California in 1996...not a single one of those states has ever gone
back and recriminalized marijuana."
-Lack of uptick in use with young teens or access in
jurisdictions where marijuana is regulated.
Marijuana - - - "Outside of tabbaco, marijuana is the most studied
plant on Earth...[there is] nearly 26,000 individual, peer reviewed
studies of marijuana...That is more than twice the volume of
literature dedicated to Ibeprofin...It's more than 20 times the
available literature to hydrocodone."
-"We have a long history of human use than we have
conventional substances we consume everyday...The problem isn't we
don't know enough about cannabis, [it's that] we have public
policies that are divorced from what the available science tells
-The Ole Miss Federal Marijuana Farm and how it is used for
clinical research across the country
-Why was marijuana originally made illegal?
-Creating change where prohibition still exists
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