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

Seven Myths About Marijuana and Your Health

Posted March 24, 2014 in The Marijuana Debate by Kevin A. Sabet on rehabs.com 7 Myths About Marijuana and Your Health 1. I can’t become addicted to marijuana Marijuana may not be as addictive as tobacco or heroin, but 1 in every 6 teens (and 1 in every 11 adults) who ever try marijuana will...

Kevin Sabet on CBS 2 Iowa; speaking at Kirkwood College

Watch here. CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – (CBS2/FOX28) Kevin Sabet is on a national tour, fighting a powerful opponent .. pot. The former member of drug policy teams for both the Bush and Obama White House says the first domino has fallen as states like Colorado legalize marijuana and he wants Iowans, who may be on...

New York Times: Pivotal Point Is Seen as More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana

New York Times: Pivotal Point Is Seen as More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana By RICK LYMAN FEB. 26, 2014 A little over a year after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, more than half the states, including some in the conservative South, are considering decriminalizing the drug or legalizing it for medical or recreational use. That...

Smoked pot safe? Supporters blowing smoke: Front Burner

Published in the Orlando Sentinel February 28, 2014|By Kevin A. Sabet Guest columnist If trial lawyers and out-of-state billionaires have their way, Florida will join states like California and Colorado by creating a massive industry selling things like marijuana cookies, lollipops and candies — all in the name of “medicine.” In those states, the average...

Kevin Sabet: Colorado Will Show Why Legalizing Marijuana is a Mistake

Colorado Will Show Why Legalizing Marijuana is a Mistake Kevin Sabet, The Washington Times On Jan. 1, Colorado made history as the first jurisdiction in the modern era to license the retail sales of marijuana. To be sure, there were no bloody fistfights among people waiting in line and, as far as we know, no...
The Oregonian: "Marijuana legalization opponent Kevin Sabet brings his message to Oregon"

The Oregonian: “Marijuana legalization opponent Kevin Sabet brings his message to Oregon”

Marijuana legalization opponent Kevin Sabet brings his message to Oregon By Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian January 16, 2014 The country’s most high-profile anti-marijuana spokesman brought his message to Oregon this week, warning that legalizing the drug will boost addiction rates, hook young people and enrich a powerful marijuana lobby. Kevin Sabet is scheduled to appear...

Kevin Sabet debates Dan Riffle on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

Dr. Kevin Sabet, joins the Marijuana Policy Project’s Dan Riffle on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the recreational sales of marijuana in Colorado. Watch here.
Kevin Sabet on BBC World News

Kevin Sabet on BBC World News

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BBC News: Cannabis goes on legal sale in US state of Colorado

BBC News: Cannabis goes on legal sale in US state of Colorado

Cannabis goes on legal sale in US state of Colorado The US state of Colorado is making history by becoming the first to allow stores to sell cannabis. As many as 30 stores around the state are expected to start selling the drug for recreational purposes from 1 January, dubbed Green Wednesday. Colorado, along with...
The Guardian: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan?

The Guardian: will legal weed grow to be America’s next corporate titan?

Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America’s next corporate titan? Critics of Colorado’s new drug policy say the campaign for legal marijuana mimics cigarette’s lobbying as ‘Big Tobacco redux’ By Rory Carrol The people who made a hippie dream come true do not look the part. Instead of tie-dye T-shirts, the campaigners who...
Sabet featured in the UK's Guardian

Sabet featured in the UK’s Guardian

Colorado marijuana law poses tough questions for Washington lawmakers Under state law, recreational marijuana becomes legal on Wednesday. But under federal law, users can still be prosecuted By Paul Lewis Marijuana users lighting up in Colorado on Wednesday, the day on which recreational use of the drug becomes legal in that state, might want to...

Project SAM and Kevin Sabet featured in US News and World Report

Pot Opponents Predict ‘Hogwild’ Colorado Trainwreck Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy points to flavored alcohol, liquor ads in warning about marijuana By Steven Nelson Colorado will make history Wednesday as the first American state allowing stores to sell marijuana for recreational use – eliciting fear and predictions of doom from anti-drug campaigners. On a Tuesday conference...