Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws, and a Senior Policy Advisor at Freedom Leaf, Inc: The
Marijuana legalization Company. His writing and research on marijuana policy have
appeared in over 750 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in
more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is the co-author of the book
Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009, Chelsea Green),
which has been licensed and translated internationally. Mr. Armentano 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 principle investigator for defense counsel in US v Schweder, the
first federal evidentiary since 1973 hearing to challenge the constitutionality of cannabis
as a schedule I controlled substance. He was also an expert in a successful Canadian
constitutional challenge (Crown v Allard) preserving qualified patients right to grow
cannabis at home. He serves on the faculty of Oaksterdam University, where he lectures
on the science in regard the relative safety and therapeutic efficacy of cannabis. Mr.
Armentano also provides online content to 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 cannabis program.
His latest book, The Citizens’ Guide to State-by-State Marijuana Laws, was published in
October 2015 by Whitman Press.