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
What Today's Supreme Court Decision Means for the Future of Legal Weed

What Today’s Supreme Court Decision Means for the Future of Legal Weed

By Christopher Ingraham, Published: March 21, 2016   The Supreme Court’s decision today to toss out a lawsuit that could have brought Colorado’s legal marijuana boom to a screeching halt hasn’t deterred opponents of the national legalization effort. Already, the plaintiffs and their supporters are looking to regroup. “The Court’s decision does not bar additional...

Don Bessee: Why Should the Neighborhoods Suffer?

By Don Bessee, Published: March 17, 2016 Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a national anti-legalization organization that takes a science-based approach to medical marijuana legislation. SAM was founded by Congressmen Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and Dr. Kevin Sabet. Sabet, our national president, is the only person to have...

Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

By Editor, Published: March 17, 2016 In the most serious legal challenge to date against Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, two neighboring states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the history-making law. Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the nation’s highest court on Thursday. The two states argue in the lawsuit...
Pros and Cons of Legalising Drugs in the UK

Pros and Cons of Legalising Drugs in the UK

Published: March 8, 2016   Legalising the sale of cannabis in Britain would generate up to £1bn in tax revenues and reduce the harm to users, according to a new independent report. The findings have been endorsed by the Liberal Democrats, who have called for the marijuana market to be regulated in order to control...

Strategy, Timing Key to States’ Pot Legalization

By AP reports, Published: December 4, 2012 In the late-1980s heyday of the anti-drug “Just Say No” campaign, a man calling himself “Jerry” appeared on a Seattle talk radio show to criticize U.S. marijuana laws. An esteemed businessman, he hid his identity because he didn’t want to offend customers who – like so many in...
Signature Snafu may Doom Maine Marijuana Measure

Signature Snafu may Doom Maine Marijuana Measure

By Jacob Sullum, Published: March 4, 2016 at 10:17 AM   This week Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said a marijuana legalization initiative that was expected to be on the ballot in November did not qualify, falling 9,580 signatures short of the 61,123 it needed. The initiative’s backers plan to appeal Dunlap’s decision. Last month the Campaign...
Marijuana's March to Mainstream Confounds Feds

Marijuana’s March to Mainstream Confounds Feds

By Nancy Benac and Alicia A. Caldwell, Published: July 1, 2013 It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of “Reefer Madness” to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of “Just Say No.” The next 25 years took the nation from Bill Clinton, who famously “didn’t...

Reactions to Officials Rejecting Marijuana Proposal

By The Associated Press, Published: March 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM EDT AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine election officials say proposals to legalize marijuana and create another casino in southern Maine have failed to meet the threshold for the November ballot. The secretary of state’s office says supporters for both efforts failed to deliver enough...
Should Cities Run Clinics to Help Heroin Users Shoot up Safely?

Should Cities Run Clinics to Help Heroin Users Shoot up Safely?

By David Klepper, Published: February 29, 2016 A proposal by the mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., to consider allowing heroin users to shoot up under medical supervision has divided drug-policy experts, with some hailing it as an innovative approach and others rejecting it as a step toward legalization. Mayor Svante Myrick announced the idea last week...
Colorado Marijuana Businesses Respond to Concern over Edibles and Kids

Colorado Marijuana Businesses Respond to Concern over Edibles and Kids

By Tom Angell,  Published: February 17, 2016   One of marijuana legalization opponents’ top talking points these days centers around what they see as the attractiveness of cannabis edibles to underage kids. Now, one group of Colorado marijuana businesses is taking action that could help take that argument off the table. The Colorado Cannabis Chamber...
Facebook Allegedly Deleting Pages For Legal Medical Marijuana Businesses

Facebook Allegedly Deleting Pages For Legal Medical Marijuana Businesses

By Stephanie Kossman, Published: February 9, 2016 at 12:51 p.m.   Since the 1990s when states first began to legalize medical marijuana, the cannabis industry has been at war with the federal government. As of today, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana, but the medical use of cannabis still remains illegal at the federal level. The federal...
Facebook Confirms State-Legal Pot Businesses Risk Deletion

Facebook Confirms State-Legal Pot Businesses Risk Deletion

By Steven Nelson, Published: February 5, 2016 at 2:53 p.m.   Following bewilderment and speculation among cannabis advocates, Facebook confirmed to U.S. News on Friday that state-legal businesses that sell marijuana may have their pages deleted on the basis that selling the drug remains a federal crime. The company says the policy is not new – despite...