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.
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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...

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,...
Police on Guard as MN Gears up for Medical Marijuana Program

Police on Guard as MN Gears up for Medical Marijuana Program

By Jon Collins, Published: April 21, 2015 Police chiefs across the state are preparing for the launch of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program this summer. Minnesota passed one of the country’s most restrictive medical marijuana laws last year. It prohibits personally growing marijuana or smoking marijuana and can be prescribed for less than a dozen conditions. Kevin...

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...
Meet the Man Trying to Halt Marijuana Legalization

Meet the Man Trying to Halt Marijuana Legalization

By German Lopez, Published: March 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM Kevin Sabet has become synonymous with the opposition to marijuana legalization in the US. As a former drug policy adviser to the White House and co-founder, with Patrick Kennedy, of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), Sabet has long acted as a major counterpoint to pro-legalization groups like the Marijuana Policy Project and Drug Policy...
Kevin Sabet Discusses Big Marijuana

Kevin Sabet Discusses Big Marijuana

Kevin Sabet compares Big Marijuana to Big Tobacco.
Kevin Sabet on The Dr. Drew Podcast

Kevin Sabet on The Dr. Drew Podcast

Kevin discusses marijuana with Dr. Drew on The Dr. Drew Podcast.
Marijuana Legalization Opponent Kevin Sabet Tells Keizer Crowd about Pot's Potency and Harms to Young People

Marijuana Legalization Opponent Kevin Sabet Tells Keizer Crowd about Pot’s Potency and Harms to Young People

By Noelle Crombie, Published: October 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM KEIZER — Kevin Sabet, a prominent voice against marijuana legalization, kicked off a three-day tour of Oregon on Wednesday, warning of pot’s harms, particularly to young people. It is Sabet’s second trip to Oregon this year. He was originally slated to visit 13 communities as part of a...

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...