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.
Publications

After 5 Months of Sales, Colorado Sees the Downside of a Legal High

New York Times by JACK HEALY, MAY 31, 2014 After 5 Months of Sales, Colorado Sees the Downside of a Legal High DENVER — Five months after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, the battle over legalization is still raging. Law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors...

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...

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...
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...

Public Sector Digest: The Changing Face of Marijuana and Marijuana Policy

Kevin Sabet contributes to the Public Sector Digest, making the argument against legalization. Download PDF
Economist Debates: Should cannabis be legal everywhere?

Economist Debates: Should cannabis be legal everywhere?

Kevin Sabet’s featured guest piece on the Economist debate: The argument in favour of legalisation has been incredibly oversimplified by its proponents, presented as a silver bullet to failed, heavy-handed law enforcement efforts. As I argue in my new book, “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana“, neither incarceration only nor legalisation stands up to...
Legalized pot would mean more addiction

Legalized pot would mean more addiction

Legalized pot would mean more addiction By Kevin Sabet, CNN Opinion (CNN) — “The war on drugs has failed” is a mantra often heard in policy and media circles these days. But not only is the phrase outdated (the 1980s called — they want their slogan back), it is far too simplistic to describe both...