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

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...
Pot Legalizations Push U.S. Closer to Weed Business Boom

Pot Legalizations Push U.S. Closer to Weed Business Boom

By Bill Briggs, Published: November 8, 2014 at 5:19 AM Pot Legalizations Push U.S. Closer to Weed Business Boom Voter legalization of recreational marijuana in two more states plus the District of Columbia this week mounts pressure on the federal government to decriminalize cannabis — nudging America closer to a weed business boom, pot advocates and opponents agree....
Marijuana Legalization Losing Support after Seeing Harmful Effects?

Marijuana Legalization Losing Support after Seeing Harmful Effects?

By Charlie Butts, Published: November 14, 2014 Marijuana Legalization Losing Support after Seeing Harmful Effects? People are being encouraged to act to prevent further legalization of marijuana after news from a recent poll. A recently released Gallup Poll shows support for legalization dropping although a slim majority still supports it. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, tells OneNewsNow...
Redmond Man Shares Story of Marijuana Struggles

Redmond Man Shares Story of Marijuana Struggles

By Kandra Kent, Published: November 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM Redmond Man Shares Story of Marijuana Struggles REDMOND, Ore. – Getting high was the center of 32-year-old Redmond resident Jacob Hayes’ life for 12 years, although at first he didn’t realize it.”I wasn’t scared that I was going to become addicted to marijuana, I didn’t even think that was...
This Isn't Your Grandma's Weed; Today's Marijuana Far More Potent, Speakers Say

This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Weed; Today’s Marijuana Far More Potent, Speakers Say

By Karen Wall (Patch Staff), Published: November 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Weed; Today’s Marijuana Far More Potent, Speakers Say The video has gone viral on social media — three older women, grandmothers, smoking marijuana for the first time, and apparently enjoying it. It is part of the increasingly vocal push for the...
Group Urges Wariness amid Marijuana Push: 'We Need to Stop This Train'

Group Urges Wariness amid Marijuana Push: ‘We Need to Stop This Train’

By Judy Benson, Published: June 18, 2014 at 4:00 AM Group Urges Wariness amid Marijuana Push: ‘We Need to Stop This Train’ New London – Calling on his audience to help “stop the next public health crisis from happening,” Kevin Sabet, former senior drug policy adviser to the White House, said corporate interests are funding the push for...
Bob Marley's Name Invoked to Sell Corporate Marijuana

Bob Marley’s Name Invoked to Sell Corporate Marijuana

By The Current, Published: November 24, 2014 Bob Marley’s Name Invoked to Sell Corporate Marijuana A corporate deal between Privateer Holdings and the estate of Bob Marley that will allow its medical marijuana company to use the Marley brand, is seen as emblematic of the Corporatization of Cannabis. With Wall St. and Bay St. now...
Former Presidential Drug Adviser Warns Midland Crowd of Dangers of Teen Marijuana Use

Former Presidential Drug Adviser Warns Midland Crowd of Dangers of Teen Marijuana Use

By RJ Wolcott, Published: November 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM Former Presidential Drug Adviser Warns Midland Crowd of Dangers of Teen Marijuana Use MIDLAND, MI — Two weeks after voters in Saginaw and several other Michigan cities decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, one of pot’s most prominent critic’s visited Midland to discuss the substance’s safety. Kevin...

Vermont Coalition Opposed to Marijuana Legalization Joins National Organization

Published: November 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM Vermont Coalition Opposed to Marijuana Legalization Joins National Organization MONTPELIER — A newly-formed group of concerned Vermonters opposed to the legalization of marijuana announced today that it has affiliated with a national organization with the same mission. The national group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, now has a presence here...

Pitfalls of Pot Legalization Discussed at Midland Meeting

By Kelly Dame, Published: November 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM Pitfalls of Pot Legalization Discussed at Midland Meeting Marijuana is poised to be the next big money maker, marketed the same way cigarettes were decades ago, a former drug policy advisor to multiple presidential administrations told Midlanders Tuesday night. Kevin Sabet, PhD, was at the H...
Kevin Sabet: Think Big Tobacco Was Bad? Wait till You Get a Whiff of Big Marijuana

Kevin Sabet: Think Big Tobacco Was Bad? Wait till You Get a Whiff of Big Marijuana

By KEVIN SABET, Published: October 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM Kevin Sabet: Think Big Tobacco Was Bad? Wait till You Get a Whiff of Big Marijuana Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted — they stop after using a...