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
Marijuana Addiction Drug Research Gets $3 Million Grant as Obama Encourages Legalization

Marijuana Addiction Drug Research Gets $3 Million Grant as Obama Encourages Legalization

By Kelly Riddell, Published: June 25, 2015 The National Institutes of Health is dedicating $3 million to fast-track the development of drugs to treat marijuana addiction — an estimated 4.2 million Americans are hooked on cannabis — even as the president encourages its legalization and more states look to enact laws for its recreational use. “Cannabis use...
Amid Debate on Medical Marijuana Research, Colorado Taking Charge

Amid Debate on Medical Marijuana Research, Colorado Taking Charge

By Ricardo Baca, Published: June 23, 2015 at 10:19 PM Despite medical marijuana’s unquestionable worldwide momentum, it hasn’t yet been proven scientifically to remedy most of the conditions governments have authorized it to treat, according to an influential new analysis of existing research. While pro-legalization advocates don’t disagree with the analysis’ findings, they point out that the...
THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

By The Gazette, Published: June 21, 2015 The young woman was shocked when the addiction-treatment clinic’s drug test showed extraordinary levels of THC in her system. She knew she had a drug problem. But she wasn’t like those acquaintances who sat around smoking pipes, bongs and joints all day. “We asked how she could have...
Obama Administration Clears Easier Path for Marijuana Research

Obama Administration Clears Easier Path for Marijuana Research

By Oscar Pascual, June 22, 2015 at 10:35 AM The White House removed a major obstacle in the way of marijuana research on Monday, reports the Huffington Post. Effective immediately, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has eliminated the Public Health Service review as a requirement to obtain federal permission to research marijuana. The decision is...
THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

THC Extracts Concentrate Problems

By The Gazette Op/Ed, Published: June 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM The young woman was shocked when the addiction-treatment clinic’s drug test showed extraordinary levels of THC in her system. She knew she had a drug problem. But she wasn’t like those acquaintances who sat around smoking pipes, bongs and joints all day. “We asked how she...
Congress Moves to Strangle FEDS' Anti-Weed Crusades

Congress Moves to Strangle FEDS’ Anti-Weed Crusades

By Dennis Romero, Published: June 3, 2015 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has a marijuana problem. Late last year President Obama signed a budget bill that promised to gut funding for DEA efforts against otherwise legit medical marijuana enterprises in states like California. The DEA appears to be defying Congress, however: It continues to prosecute folks...
Marijuana Legalization Push Is about Money, Former Drug Policy Adviser Says during Speech in Billings

Marijuana Legalization Push Is about Money, Former Drug Policy Adviser Says during Speech in Billings

By Jordan Niedermeier, Published: June 10, 2015 at 12:30 AM BILLINGS — A leading opponent of marijuana legalization delivered a three-hour talk on what he says are myths surrounding the drug in Billings on Tuesday. Kevin Sabet, who directs the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and is co-founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, addressed...
As Pot Becomes Legal, More Kids Eat It

As Pot Becomes Legal, More Kids Eat It

By Jona Ison, Published: June 14, 2015 at 10:01 AM A study released this week found toddlers and infants are being exposed to marijuana nearly 147 percent more often than in 2006, prompting researchers to recommend states take swift action to address child safety when marijuana is legalized. Nationwide Children’s Hospital researchers analyzed data collected in the National...
U.S. Anti-Legalization Group Urges More Access to Marijuana Research

U.S. Anti-Legalization Group Urges More Access to Marijuana Research

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Published: May 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind. The plan from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which is co-founded by...
Mixed Signals on Marijuana Coming from Vancouver

Mixed Signals on Marijuana Coming from Vancouver

By Ada Slivinski, Published: May 19, 2015 Vancouver is consulting the public on a policy to regulate the illegal storefront sale of marijuana. The only legal way to buy marijuana for medical purposes in the country is through a federally regulated body, Health Canada, and to have it sent by mail. However, since 1997 unregulated stores have been openly...

One Voice Summit: Stoned Truths, the Facts about Marijuana, Is June 10 in Ringoes

By Hunterdon County Democrat, Published: May 18, 2015 at 2:05 PM The week of May 17-23 is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. There are three primary goals of...
Will New AG Change Obama's View on Legal Pot?

Will New AG Change Obama’s View on Legal Pot?

By Ariane de Vogue, Published: May 16, 2015 at 7:17 PM WASHINGTON (CNN) —The Supreme Court is prodding the Justice Department to weigh in — for the first time under Attorney General Loretta Lynch — on the delicate legal issue of how to treat states that have legalized marijuana in the face of a federal ban. It...