Paul Armentano, NORML

Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

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Congress Votes to Expand Federal Cannabis Protections

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Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis programs. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, was included in short-term spending legislation, House Resolution 2028, and will expire on April 28, 2017. Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds cannot …

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Study: History Of Marijuana Use Associated With Reduced In-Hospital Mortality

Hospitalized patients who test positive for cannabis are less likely than non-users to suffer from heart failure or cardiac disease, and are less likely to die from cancer, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Cancer Medicine. A team of researchers from the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, and …

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Kansas City Cannabis Decriminalization Initiative Qualifies for Ballot

Petitioners seeking to decriminalize municipal penalties specific to the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana have gathered sufficient signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot, a representative from the Kansas City Clerk’s office confirmed today. The proposal, spearheaded by Kansas City NORML, amends citywide penalties from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil …

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