Paul Armentano

Professor: Science
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.

His writing and research 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. His most recent book, The Citizen’s Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), is available from Whitman Publishing. His writing also appears in the just-published book, The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating, and Cooking with Cannabis (2016), available from Althea Press.

Mr. Armentano was the principle investigator for defense counsel in US v Schweder et al., the first federal evidentiary hearing in over 40 years to consider the constitutionality of cannabis as a schedule I controlled substance. He was also a rebuttal expert in the successful Canadian constitutional challenge, Allard et al v Her Majesty the Queen, which determined that prohibitions on the rights of qualified patients to cultivate cannabis in their homes were “not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.”

Mr. Armentano provides content to, an online medical educational resource that provides daily education to healthcare professionals in 120 countries. A version of this curriculum is now required in New York State for any physician who wishes to participate in that state’s medical cannabis program.

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.