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.
Drug Policy Principles
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....
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...
Input into the new NIDA-NIAAA Institute (Public Record)

Input into the new NIDA-NIAAA Institute (Public Record)

Request for Information (RFI): Input into the Scientific Strategic Plan for the proposed National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders Comments Deadline: May 11, 2012, 11:59pm EDT There are a few areas worthy of consideration by NIH: Policy Research. It is critical that the new institute take into account the importance of policy-relevant research....
Drug Policy Principles

Drug Policy Principles

Since I have worked in three U.S. Administrations on drug policy issues, I am often asked where I stand on drug policy and why. Because I have argued stridently against legalization, people often assume that my preferred approach to drug policy is incarceration. So it is refreshing to be able to set the record straight....