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

Kevin Sabet before the Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Kevin Sabet testifies before the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control.

Marijuana Makes Mother Nature Cry: Report

By Tony Dokoupil, Published: June 26, 2015 at 5:17 PM If you consume cannabis this weekend, you might also be killing fish, clear-cutting forest, and poisoning some cute-faced and endangered members of the weasel family. That’s one takeaway from new report in the journal BioScience, which details the water-guzzling, land-destroying, pollution-spreading reality of the marijuana...
Marijuana Legalization 2015: Rand Paul Courts Marijuana Investors, but Why Aren’t More Presidential Candidates Embracing Pot?

Marijuana Legalization 2015: Rand Paul Courts Marijuana Investors, but Why Aren’t More Presidential Candidates Embracing Pot?

By Joel Warner, Published: July 1, 2015 at 2:09 PM DENVER — “Freedom!” shouted a member of the tightly packed crowd as Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul took center stage earlier this week at a spacious sports bar. And for the next half hour, that’s exactly what Paul talked about as he detailed what he’ll deliver...
Recreational-Use Marijuana to Become Legal in Oregon

Recreational-Use Marijuana to Become Legal in Oregon

By Shelby Sebens, Published: June 30, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Marijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state...

Medical Marijuana Moves Closer to Reality in Maryland

By Meredith Cohn, Published: June 30, 2015 With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year. The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis...
Obama Administration Eases Marijuana Research Requirements

Obama Administration Eases Marijuana Research Requirements

By Amanda B. Keener, Published: June 29, 2015 Studying the health effects of marijuana just got a little easier. In a statement released last week (June 23), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the elimination of one of four regulatory hurdles that researchers must clear in order to study medical applications for the drug. “The president has...
Marijuana Addiction Drug Research Gets $3 Million Grant as Obama Encourages Legalization

Marijuana Addiction Drug Research Gets $3 Million Grant as Obama Encourages Legalization

By Kelly Riddell, Published: June 25, 2015 The National Institutes of Health is dedicating $3 million to fast-track the development of drugs to treat marijuana addiction — an estimated 4.2 million Americans are hooked on cannabis — even as the president encourages its legalization and more states look to enact laws for its recreational use. “Cannabis use...
Amid Debate on Medical Marijuana Research, Colorado Taking Charge

Amid Debate on Medical Marijuana Research, Colorado Taking Charge

By Ricardo Baca, Published: June 23, 2015 at 10:19 PM Despite medical marijuana’s unquestionable worldwide momentum, it hasn’t yet been proven scientifically to remedy most of the conditions governments have authorized it to treat, according to an influential new analysis of existing research. While pro-legalization advocates don’t disagree with the analysis’ findings, they point out that the...
THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

By The Gazette, Published: June 21, 2015 The young woman was shocked when the addiction-treatment clinic’s drug test showed extraordinary levels of THC in her system. She knew she had a drug problem. But she wasn’t like those acquaintances who sat around smoking pipes, bongs and joints all day. “We asked how she could have...
Obama Administration Clears Easier Path for Marijuana Research

Obama Administration Clears Easier Path for Marijuana Research

By Oscar Pascual, June 22, 2015 at 10:35 AM The White House removed a major obstacle in the way of marijuana research on Monday, reports the Huffington Post. Effective immediately, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has eliminated the Public Health Service review as a requirement to obtain federal permission to research marijuana. The decision is...
THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

By The Gazette Op/Ed, Published: June 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM The young woman was shocked when the addiction-treatment clinic’s drug test showed extraordinary levels of THC in her system. She knew she had a drug problem. But she wasn’t like those acquaintances who sat around smoking pipes, bongs and joints all day. “We asked how she...
Congress Moves to Strangle FEDS' Anti-Weed Crusades

Congress Moves to Strangle FEDS’ Anti-Weed Crusades

By Dennis Romero, Published: June 3, 2015 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has a marijuana problem. Late last year President Obama signed a budget bill that promised to gut funding for DEA efforts against otherwise legit medical marijuana enterprises in states like California. The DEA appears to be defying Congress, however: It continues to prosecute folks...