President Obama has directed federal agencies to respect the laws of the various states that permit the medical use of marijuana. But that doesn't stop the DEA from conducting raids and arresting people who are using pot for medicinal purposes.
Joining us on Monday on News Talk Online to discuss this dichotomy will be Paul Armentano, senior policy analyst for the NORML Foundation in Washington, DC.
Armentano is an expert in the field of marijuana policy, health, and pharmacology and has served as a consultant for Health Canada, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
In addition to testifying before state legislatures and federal agencies about marijuana policy, Armentano has assisted dozens of criminal defense attorneys in cases pertaining to the use of medicinal cannabis, drug testing and drugged driving.
Armentano is a prolific writer on the subject of marijuana and marijuana policy. His work has appeared in over 500 publications, including more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies, and he is a frequent contributor to Alternet, High Times the Huffington Post and The Hill. Last year he won an award for investigative reporting from Project Censored.
He is currently co-writing a book about cannabis and social policies, Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People To Drink?
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