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 Legalization Losing Support after Seeing Harmful Effects?

Marijuana Legalization Losing Support after Seeing Harmful Effects?

By Charlie Butts, Published: November 14, 2014 Marijuana Legalization Losing Support after Seeing Harmful Effects? People are being encouraged to act to prevent further legalization of marijuana after news from a recent poll. A recently released Gallup Poll shows support for legalization dropping although a slim majority still supports it. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, tells OneNewsNow...
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...

Pitfalls of Pot Legalization Discussed at Midland Meeting

By Kelly Dame, Published: November 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM Pitfalls of Pot Legalization Discussed at Midland Meeting Marijuana is poised to be the next big money maker, marketed the same way cigarettes were decades ago, a former drug policy advisor to multiple presidential administrations told Midlanders Tuesday night. Kevin Sabet, PhD, was at the H...
Kevin Sabet: Think Big Tobacco Was Bad? Wait till You Get a Whiff of Big Marijuana

Kevin Sabet: Think Big Tobacco Was Bad? Wait till You Get a Whiff of Big Marijuana

By KEVIN SABET, Published: October 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM Kevin Sabet: Think Big Tobacco Was Bad? Wait till You Get a Whiff of Big Marijuana Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted — they stop after using a...

Will Oregon Be next Spot for Pot Tourism? Not until 2016

By Anna Staver, Published: November 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM Will Oregon Be next Spot for Pot Tourism? Not until 2016 SALEM, Ore. — Oregonians voted 55% to 45% to legalize recreational sales and consumption of marijuana for people who are 21 or older. Here’s what happens next: Question: When can I start smoking? Answer: Oregonians and visitors with an...

Marijuana: Florida Says No; DC and Oregon Say Yes

By Trevor Hughes (USA Today), Published: November 5, 2014 at 12:29 AM Marijuana: Florida Says No; DC and Oregon Say Yes (USA Today) — Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, but voters in Washington, D.C. and Oregon both approved recreational pot use by adults, according to preliminary tallies. Alaska’s voters were also...

“Marijuana Midterms” Fall Just Short of Clean Sweep

Published: November 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM “Marijuana Midterms” Fall Just Short of Clean Sweep Marijuana legalization efforts in the United States achieved a major step forward on Tuesday. Voters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, all approved ballot initiatives to legalize possession outright of at least one ounce of cannabis. Residents of Alaska, Oregon,...

Election Will Decide Marijuana Legalization in Three States, DC

By Charlie Butts, Published: November 03, 2014 Election Will Decide Marijuana Legalization in Three States, DC Three states and Washington, DC, will decide marijuana issues when they go to the polls Tuesday. Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia will vote tomorrow on whether to legalize marijuana Tuesday – and Florida will decide on the use...

Take Charge Conference Featured over 100 Youth, 2 National Speakers

By Jeffrey Meyers, Prevention Speialist, Published: November 4th, 2014 at 11:14 AM Take Charge Conference Featured over 100 Youth, 2 National Speakers On October 21st the Area Substance Abuse Council held its 20th Annual Take Charge conference, an event specifically designed for active high school students who want to be leaders in their schools and communities. This year...

Big Marijuana Is Not Your Friend

By Kevin A. Sabet, Published: October 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM Big Marijuana Is Not Your Friend We Need Not Legitimize, Glorify Self-Destructive Behavior Remember Big Tobacco? Say hello to Big Marijuana. That’s what we’re about to get if we continue to legalize marijuana here in the United States. Despite warnings from groups like the American...

The Pros and Cons of Legalising Drugs in the UK

LAST UPDATED AT 11:16 ON Thu 30 Oct 2014 The Pros and Cons of Legalising Drugs in the UK A Home Office report has concluded that harsh punishments do nothing to dissuade people from using drugs, leading campaigners to renew calls for a fresh approach to drug legislation. The report, which has divided politicians and...