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“Legitimate Debate?” Not If The Drug Czar Has His Way

March 1st, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Several weeks ago, President Obama stated that he believed the subject of drug legalization and regulation was “an entirely legitimate topic for debate.” Yet recent actions by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy head Gil Kerlikowske imply that this administration has no interest in having this debate in the [...]

The DEA Is Ready For Pharmaceutical Pot - Are You?

February 23rd, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Recently on the NORML blog and in NORML’s weekly media release we informed you of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations’ intentions to reclassify plant-derived THC from a schedule I to schedule III controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Today on the website I write about the forces motivating this proposed change and [...]

Change We Can Believe In? Not for Medical Marijuana Research

February 17th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

It was nearly two years ago that the Obama White House issued its “Scientific Integrity” memorandum stating, “Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration.”
Those of us involved in marijuana law reform welcomed the memo — which came just months after the American Medical Association called for “facilitating … clinical [...]

A Headline You Will Never See For Cannabis

February 15th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

From Reuters News Wire:
Alcohol kills more than AIDS, TB or violence
Drinking causes more than 4 percent of deaths worldwide, WHO warns
Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.
… Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most [...]

What Do You Know? The Drug Czar Is Lying Again

February 12th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Earlier this week Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske sat down for a face-to-face interview with The Daily Caller’s Mike Riggs. (Riggs is the Daily Caller reporter who yesterday broke the story regarding the DEA’s plans to reschedule plant-derived THC while keeping the actual plant illegal.)
Riggs asked the Czar some tough questions, including this one specific to [...]

Daily Caller: “Is The DEA Legalizing THC?”

February 10th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Reporter Mike Riggs at The Daily Caller has an important story online today revealing how U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials are making plans to reschedule natural THC under federal law.
Under the plan, THC derived from the marijuana plant would be classified as a Schedule III controlled substance, while the plant itself would [...]

Medical Marijuana Laws Under Seige

February 7th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

In the fourteen years since 1996, when California voters became the first in the nation to enact legislation authorizing the physician-supervised use, possession, and cultivation of medical cannabis, there has never been a single state that has opted to repeal these patient protections. But that trend may change this spring.
On Friday, [...]

Ex-Governor Gary Johnson: “Yes, It Is Time For Pot Legalization, Mr. President”

February 3rd, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is no stranger to marijuana law reform. Johnson was the keynote speaker at last year’s national NORML Conference (listen to his remarks here) and the topic of cannabis legalization is a prominent plank in his Presidential exploratory campaign.
Today he takes to the Net in response to the President’s artful [...]

Mainstream Media Finally Recognizing That Americans Want Marijuana Law Reform

January 27th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Regardless of whether or not President Obama addresses the question of marijuana law reform in today’s live YouTube ‘Ask Obama’ Q&A, the American public has made their case to the mainstream media.
Last night, Universal Press Syndicate ran with the headline, Top Obama YouTube questions: Legalize pot. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
The top questions Americans [...]

Updated NORML Report Reviews Nearly 200 Studies On The Therapeutic Use Of Cannabis

January 12th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

NORML has recently posted online the fourth edition of its popular and comprehensive booklet, “Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis & Cannabinoids: A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature.”
Updated and revised for 2011, this report reviews approximately 200 newly published scientific studies assessing the safety and efficacy of marijuana and its compounds in the [...]