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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Kevin Sabet Debates Governor Gary Johnson at Yale University

Kevin Sabet Debates Governor Gary Johnson at Yale University

Kevin Sabet speaks against Governor Gary Johnson at Yale University.
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...
Drug Expert Warns against Legalizing Pot in Danbury Talk

Drug Expert Warns against Legalizing Pot in Danbury Talk

By Casey Donahue, Published: February 26, 2015 DANBURY, Conn. – Drug policy adviser Kevin Sabet spoke about how legalizing marijuana in Connecticut could lead to the rise of a “Big Tobacco-like” industry during a talk Wednesday in Danbury. Sabet worked in the Obama administration as a senior adviser at the White House Office of National Drug...

Lancet: Cannabis Multiplies Psychosis Risk X 5, Weekend Use X 3

By DB Recovery Resources, Published: February 16, 2015 King’s College London research by 23 scientists also blames ‘skunk’ for 1 in 4 of all new serious mental disorders. Read the report. LANCET JOURNAL: DAILY USE OF HIGH POTENCY MARIJUANA INCREASES PSYCHOSIS RISK 5 TIMES; WEEKEND USE NEARLY TRIPLES RISK High potency marijuana use alone was also responsible for 24%...
California Legalization atop Cannabis Conference Agenda

California Legalization atop Cannabis Conference Agenda

By Ben Adler, Published: February 16, 2015 The cannabis industry holds its international business conference in San Francisco this weekend, and a November 2016 ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana for California adults is high on the conference agenda. Groups that support marijuana legalization and taxation in California are trying to agree on a single initiative. Dale Sky...
A Budding Problem of Controlling Pot in Colorado, Washington

A Budding Problem of Controlling Pot in Colorado, Washington

By Rob Hotakainen, Published: February 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — When Colorado and Washington won permission from the U.S. Justice Department to begin selling marijuana in retail stores, the states promised to keep the pot inside their borders and away from children. They’re facing big challenges trying to do that. Even before Colorado opened its recreational pot shops...

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...
Is Legalizing Marijuana a Solution to Unfair Drug Arrests? One Opponent's Take

Is Legalizing Marijuana a Solution to Unfair Drug Arrests? One Opponent’s Take

By Kelsey Harkness, Published: January 1, 2015 One reason advocates argue for the legalization of marijuana is that arrests for possession of the drug fall disproportionately on young black men, which has the potential of ruining their lives and creating new generations of criminals. Are they right? Kevin A. Sabet, a leading voice against legalizing pot, recently spoke...

Nebraska and Oklahoma Are Trying to Kill Colorado’s Buzz

By Charlotte Alter, Published: December 18, 2014 By Suing over Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana Two neighbors of Colorado filed suit against the state on Thursday, claiming its legalization of marijuana has pushed some of the drug over state lines and asking the Supreme Court to strike the law down. Attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma allege 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...
This Isn't Your Grandma's Weed; Today's Marijuana Far More Potent, Speakers Say

This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Weed; Today’s Marijuana Far More Potent, Speakers Say

By Karen Wall (Patch Staff), Published: November 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Weed; Today’s Marijuana Far More Potent, Speakers Say The video has gone viral on social media — three older women, grandmothers, smoking marijuana for the first time, and apparently enjoying it. It is part of the increasingly vocal push for the...