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
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Big Tobacco's Future: Big Pot

Big Tobacco’s Future: Big Pot

By Leonid Bershidsky, Published: February 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM You may like technology (who doesn’t these days) or the energy sector (where would we be without it) — but if you’re making a long-term bet as an investor, there’s a lot going for Big Tobacco. It’s not just that tobacco boasts the best historical performance of all U.S....
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,...
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...
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...
Denver Post: Pot legalization measure leads voters to debate safety, economy

Denver Post: Pot legalization measure leads voters to debate safety, economy

Pot legalization measure leads voters to debate safety, economy By John Ingold The Denver Post The Denver Post LITTLETON — If Colorado voters in November approve Amendment 64 — which would legalize limited possession of marijuana — the state will enter territory that is uncharted, a national drug-policy expert said. “It’s tremendously uncertain,” said Kevin...