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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.
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Obama Says Legalizing Marijuana Is Not a Panacea, “Do We Feel the Same Way about Crack?”

By Kevin Sabet, Published: March 17, 2015 at 4:59 PM Today, in an interview with Vice News, President Obama was given a softball question about legalization that he easily could have taken. I’m happy he didn’t take the bait. In fact, he made some of his most lengthy comments to date about substance abuse, particularly legalization....
Crime Is up in Colorado: What That Tells Us about Pot Legalization and, Perhaps More Importantly, Lazy Reporting

Crime Is up in Colorado: What That Tells Us about Pot Legalization and, Perhaps More Importantly, Lazy Reporting

By Kevin Sabet, Published: October 11, 2014 at 5:59 AM How goes Colorado’s experience with legal marijuana? Spend some time on social media or on numerous blogs and you’ll read headlines like “Revenue Up, Crime Down!” or “Youth Use Declining After Legalization.” In this short blog series, I will tackle different topics that have been...
Kevin Sabet Discusses Big Marijuana

Kevin Sabet Discusses Big Marijuana

Kevin Sabet compares Big Marijuana to Big Tobacco.

Soros-Funded Study in Uruguay Finds Voters Oppose Legalization (Even Users Think It Won’t Work, and Their New President Isn’t a Fan Either)

By Kevin A. Sabet, Published: March 9, 2015 at 10:59 AM Despite heavy opposition from the public and the country’s medical profession, Uruguay made headlines last year when the country passed a law allowing the sales of state-grown marijuana in pharmacies to registered users. But that’s where the party appeared to have stopped. Uruguay’s newly elected...
Why New White House Drug Policy Chief Opposes Medical Pot, Legalization

Why New White House Drug Policy Chief Opposes Medical Pot, Legalization

By Ricardo Baca, Published: March 4, 2015 at 1:05 PM Michael Botticelli was confirmed as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in February, and while he doesn’t support the legalization of marijuana, he does support Washington D.C.’s home rule sans the Federal government’s involvement on the issue. Botticelli sat down for an interview last...

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...
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...
Marijuana Policy: Separating Scientific Facts from Popular Fiction

Marijuana Policy: Separating Scientific Facts from Popular Fiction

Today, 17 states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized marijuana, four states have legalized the drug, and 23 states have passed so-called “medical marijuana” laws – despite the fact – that it is properly listed as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance and the FDA does not recognize marijuana as a drug. Big marijuana...
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...

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 forthcoming Society of Prevention Research newsletter will feature a column I wrote entitled “Dealing With Legalization: The new frontier in prevention. I will post it here when it is published.