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
Two More Lawsuits Seek to Stamp out Legal Marijuana in Colorado

Two More Lawsuits Seek to Stamp out Legal Marijuana in Colorado

By Matt Ferner, Published: February 19, 2015 at 1:04 PM Two lawsuits filed in federal court Thursday aim to shut down Colorado’s regulated marijuana industry, claiming that the state’s recreational marijuana laws are in violation of federal law. The suits, filed by the anti-drug group Safe Streets and three other plaintiffs, target a number of Colorado lawmakers, including Gov....
A Pot Debate in Brooklyn

A Pot Debate in Brooklyn

By Joanna Halina Socha, Published: February 16, 2015 Legal marijuana in New York City? An activist group called “Occupy Weed Street” expressed its enthusiasm for the idea last week at a community board meeting in Brooklyn, making an economic argument. Marijuana legalization “helps this community become a better, more livable place to live,” said Harrison Shultz. He...

Lancet: Cannabis Multiplies Psychosis Risk X 5, Weekend Use X 3

By DB Recovery Resources, Published: February 16, 2015 King’s College London research by 23 scientists also blames ‘skunk’ for 1 in 4 of all new serious mental disorders. Read the report. LANCET JOURNAL: DAILY USE OF HIGH POTENCY MARIJUANA INCREASES PSYCHOSIS RISK 5 TIMES; WEEKEND USE NEARLY TRIPLES RISK High potency marijuana use alone was also responsible for 24%...
California Legalization atop Cannabis Conference Agenda

California Legalization atop Cannabis Conference Agenda

By Ben Adler, Published: February 16, 2015 The cannabis industry holds its international business conference in San Francisco this weekend, and a November 2016 ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana for California adults is high on the conference agenda. Groups that support marijuana legalization and taxation in California are trying to agree on a single initiative. Dale Sky...
A Budding Problem of Controlling Pot in Colorado, Washington

A Budding Problem of Controlling Pot in Colorado, Washington

By Rob Hotakainen, Published: February 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — When Colorado and Washington won permission from the U.S. Justice Department to begin selling marijuana in retail stores, the states promised to keep the pot inside their borders and away from children. They’re facing big challenges trying to do that. Even before Colorado opened its recreational pot shops...
Loretta Lynch's Hard-Line Stance on Marijuana Is Making Colorado Sweat

Loretta Lynch’s Hard-Line Stance on Marijuana Is Making Colorado Sweat

By Valerie Richardson, Published: February 1, 2015 DENVER — Nobody in the Colorado marijuana industry is panicking, but those involved are sweating a little over the hard line taken by Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general, on legalization during this week’s Senate confirmation hearing. “Quite a few of my members were expressing concern and nervousness,” said Michael Elliott,...
SEC Allows Pot Dealer to Register Stock Shares

SEC Allows Pot Dealer to Register Stock Shares

By Gregory J. Millman, Published: January 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has allowed a share registration to proceed for a company whose business model includes cultivation and sale of marijuana, which are both illegal under federal law, though legal under some state laws. This approval appears to be the first green...

Dr. Kevin Sabet to Speak at MCCA’s Awards Dinner

By PRWeb, Published: January 27, 2015 Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., will be speaking at MCCA’s Annual Awards Dinner on February 25th at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury. Drug policy adviser to three presidents, Sabet has an important and timely message to share with the people of Connecticut about the true ramifications of legalizing marijuana. “In...
'If I Could Have Waved a Wand the Day after the Election, I Would Have Reversed It': Colorado Governor Explains Why Legalizing Marijuana in the State Was a Bad Idea

‘If I Could Have Waved a Wand the Day after the Election, I Would Have Reversed It': Colorado Governor Explains Why Legalizing Marijuana in the State Was a Bad Idea

By Sophie Jane Evans, Published: January 25, 2015 at 1:05 PM The sale of recreational marijuana was legalized state-wide following a 2012 vote. But now, Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper, has claimed the landmark move was a bad idea. Speaking on CBNC’s “Squawk Box,” the 62-year-old Democrat said: “If I could’ve waved a wand the day after...
In Colorado, Legal Pot Fails to Meet Predictions of Supporters, Critics

In Colorado, Legal Pot Fails to Meet Predictions of Supporters, Critics

By Dan Frosch, Published: January 9, 2015 at 7:38 PM DENVER—Before Colorado became the first state to allow marijuana for recreational purposes, supporters boasted that legalization would generate a sizable tax windfall, while opponents warned that it could have dramatic social consequences. Slightly more than a year into the state’s experiment with sanctioning pot sales to...
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,...
Has Marijuana Legalization Been a Failure? Project SAM Says so in New Report

Has Marijuana Legalization Been a Failure? Project SAM Says so in New Report

By Michael Tremoglie, Published: January 8, 2015 at 7:15 AM NEW YORK (MainStreet) — A newly released report from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) shows that the Colorado and Washington experiments to legalize recreational marijuana have been an abject failure. Pot availability has created more problems than it solved, the organization asserts. The report, dated January 5, claims that...