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Director, Drug Policy Institute and Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine, Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
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Marketing of Marijuana

By Kevin Sabet and Patrick Kennedy, Published: May 5, 2015 To the Editor: Re “The Perils of Smokeless Tobacco” (editorial, April 23) and “It’s Time to Regulate E-Cigarettes,” by David A. Kessler and Matthew L. Myers (Op-Ed, April 23): We applaud your editorial and Op-Ed essay for highlighting the rise in electronic cigarette use among high...
Marijuana Critic Praises Minnesota's 'Limited' Program

Marijuana Critic Praises Minnesota’s ‘Limited’ Program

By Sam Louwagie, Published: April 21, 2015 at 6:41 PM Police chiefs from around Minnesota heard a case against the legalization of marijuana Tuesday from a former White House drug policy adviser. As the summer opening of the state’s medical marijuana program approaches, Kevin Sabet, a former senior adviser at the Office of National Drug Control Policy,...

Step 1: Legalize. Step 2: Commercialize.

By Kevin Sabet, Published: April 20, 2015 Kevin Sabet is one of the leading voices opposing the legalization of marijuana in the United States. He has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every major media publication and news channel on the subject of drug policy. MercatorNet’s associate editor,...

CNN Weed 3 Special Overstates Marijuana’s Medical Potential

Today, SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) President Dr. Kevin A. Sabet released a statement on the CNN special, Weed 3: “Of course, we have to study marijuana to examine its medical potential. The goal, according to the Institute of Medicine, should be to develop non-smoked medications based on marijuana’s components for specific medical conditions. As the...

On Marijuana, Obama, Christie, and a Nor Cal Judge All Agree: Legalization Is a Bad Idea

By Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., Published: April 16, 2015 at 8:29 AM With presidential campaign politics upon us, it’s hard to find areas of agreement among key leaders. But there seems to be one issue that even President Obama, Governor Chris Christie, and a Northern California, Obama-appointed judge can all agree on: marijuana legalization is a...

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...