Hosts Phil Russo and Michael Boldin talk with Paul Armentano about the recent bill introduced in Congress by Barney Frank and Ron Paul – to return police authority and decision-making over marijuana to the states. Paul gives an overview HR2306, which he says should be called the “let the states decide marijuana policy” act. He clarifies that the bill does not legalize marijuana, but that it only gets the federal government out of the equation, as it is for alcohol, where there’s 50 states with 50 different policies. Paul argues that this should be the path for marijuana – get the federal government out of the business of enforcing marijuana laws in the states and let those states that wish to pursue different marijuana policies than the blanket prohibition that we have today – let’s give them the option to do so.
Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation. Mr. Armentano is an expert in the field of marijuana policy, health, and pharmacology, and has served as a consultant for Health Canada and the Canadian Public Health Association. He has spoken at numerous national conferences and legal seminars, testified before state legislatures and federal agencies, and assisted dozens of criminal defense attorneys in cases pertaining to the use of medicinal cannabis, drug testing, and drugged driving. He also serves of the faculty of Oaksterdam University in Oakland, where he lectures on the science surrounding the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis. In 2009, he co-authored the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009, Chelsea Green), which has appeared on Amazon.com’s best-sellers list and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of “20 titles from independent presses that show big promise.”
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