Clear thinking about drug policy
Director, Drug Policy Institute and Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine, Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
President, Policy Solutions Group, Inc.
About

About

From 2009-2011, I served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Now I am a consultant working with governments, NGOs, the media, and other organizations on a wide range of drug policy issues. My areas of specialization include evidence-based drug prevention, treatment, and law enforcement (both domestic and international), as well as the impacts of drug legalization and “medical” marijuana.
Drug Policy Principles

Drug Policy Principles

I am often asked where I stand on the “drug war.” A more constructive exercise would be to list some ways drug policy could be improved. Here, I briefly state what I think about drugs and why.
Latest entries

Dr. Kevin Sabet to Speak at MCCA’s Awards Dinner

By PRWeb, Published: January 27, 2015 Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., will be speaking at MCCA’s Annual Awards Dinner on February 25th at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury. Drug policy adviser to three presidents, Sabet has an important and timely message to share with the people of Connecticut about the true ramifications of legalizing marijuana. “In...
'If I Could Have Waved a Wand the Day after the Election, I Would Have Reversed It': Colorado Governor Explains Why Legalizing Marijuana in the State Was a Bad Idea

‘If I Could Have Waved a Wand the Day after the Election, I Would Have Reversed It': Colorado Governor Explains Why Legalizing Marijuana in the State Was a Bad Idea

By Sophie Jane Evans, Published: January 25, 2015 at 1:05 PM The sale of recreational marijuana was legalized state-wide following a 2012 vote. But now, Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper, has claimed the landmark move was a bad idea. Speaking on CBNC’s “Squawk Box,” the 62-year-old Democrat said: “If I could’ve waved a wand the day after...
Obama Predicts Bright Future for Legal Weed

Obama Predicts Bright Future for Legal Weed

By Matt Ferner, Published: January 22, 2015 at 11:59 PM President Barack Obama said during a YouTube interview Thursday that he believes more states will consider legalizing recreational marijuana, citing his administration’s hands-off approach to prohibition-ending cannabis laws in Colorado and Washington state. “What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington, through state referenda, they’re experimenting with...
In Colorado, Legal Pot Fails to Meet Predictions of Supporters, Critics

In Colorado, Legal Pot Fails to Meet Predictions of Supporters, Critics

By Dan Frosch, Published: January 9, 2015 at 7:38 PM DENVER—Before Colorado became the first state to allow marijuana for recreational purposes, supporters boasted that legalization would generate a sizable tax windfall, while opponents warned that it could have dramatic social consequences. Slightly more than a year into the state’s experiment with sanctioning pot sales to...
FOCUS: The 7 Myths of Marijuana Decriminalisation

FOCUS: The 7 Myths of Marijuana Decriminalisation

By Josua Tuwere, Published: January 8, 2015 at 10:29 To decriminalise or not? One US expert does some mythbusting. Our neighbours Australia and New Zealand have already discussed plans to decriminalise the use of marijuana. Fiji Police Force, on the other hand, have made their intentions clear. Zero tolerance of any form of illicit drugs,...
Has Marijuana Legalization Been a Failure? Project SAM Says so in New Report

Has Marijuana Legalization Been a Failure? Project SAM Says so in New Report

By Michael Tremoglie, Published: January 8, 2015 at 7:15 AM NEW YORK (MainStreet) — A newly released report from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) shows that the Colorado and Washington experiments to legalize recreational marijuana have been an abject failure. Pot availability has created more problems than it solved, the organization asserts. The report, dated January 5, claims that...
Stricter Controls Needed after Surge in Marijuana Ills: U.S. Anti-Pot Group

Stricter Controls Needed after Surge in Marijuana Ills: U.S. Anti-Pot Group

By Eric M. Johnson, Published: January 5, 2015 SEATTLE (Reuters) – The number of children treated annually for accidental pot consumption in Colorado has reached double-digits and a drug treatment chain has seen a surge of teens treated for cannabis abuse, a leading U.S. anti-marijuana group said on Monday. In a report, marijuana legalization foe...
Is Legalizing Marijuana a Solution to Unfair Drug Arrests? One Opponent's Take

Is Legalizing Marijuana a Solution to Unfair Drug Arrests? One Opponent’s Take

By Kelsey Harkness, Published: January 1, 2015 One reason advocates argue for the legalization of marijuana is that arrests for possession of the drug fall disproportionately on young black men, which has the potential of ruining their lives and creating new generations of criminals. Are they right? Kevin A. Sabet, a leading voice against legalizing pot, recently spoke...

Nebraska and Oklahoma Are Trying to Kill Colorado’s Buzz

By Charlotte Alter, Published: December 18, 2014 By Suing over Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana Two neighbors of Colorado filed suit against the state on Thursday, claiming its legalization of marijuana has pushed some of the drug over state lines and asking the Supreme Court to strike the law down. Attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma allege that...
The Year in Pot: Legal Sales and Anti-Marijuana Voices Boomed

The Year in Pot: Legal Sales and Anti-Marijuana Voices Boomed

By Tony Dokoupil, Published: December 20, 2014 Marijuana has never had a year like 2014. The first aboveboard just-for-fun cannabis markets rose in Colorado and Washington. Voters in Oregon and Alaska passed ballot initiatives to create the same. And a consistent majority of Americans said they support plans to legalize the drug nationwide, according to polls by...
Marijuana Policy: Separating Scientific Facts from Popular Fiction

Marijuana Policy: Separating Scientific Facts from Popular Fiction

Today, 17 states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized marijuana, four states have legalized the drug, and 23 states have passed so-called “medical marijuana” laws – despite the fact – that it is properly listed as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance and the FDA does not recognize marijuana as a drug. Big marijuana...
Colo. Regulators Can't Answer Basic Pot Questions

Colo. Regulators Can’t Answer Basic Pot Questions

By Trevor Hughes (USA Today), Published: November 25, 2014 at 5:44 PM Colo. Regulators Can’t Answer Basic Pot Questions DENVER — Despite a much-heralded system designed to track every marijuana plant grown and sold, and to independently test samples, Colorado’s recreational pot marketplace very much remains “buyer beware,” in large part because state regulators can’t answer basic...