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.
About

About

From 2009-2011, I served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Now I am a consultant working with governments, NGOs, the media, and other organizations on a wide range of drug policy issues. My areas of specialization include evidence-based drug prevention, treatment, and law enforcement (both domestic and international), as well as the impacts of drug legalization and “medical” marijuana.
Drug Policy Principles

Drug Policy Principles

I am often asked where I stand on the “drug war.” A more constructive exercise would be to list some ways drug policy could be improved. Here, I briefly state what I think about drugs and why.
Latest entries

Pot Businesses Feeling Pinch on Tax Day with No Write-Offs

By Jason Devaney, Published: April 15, 2015 at 2:36 PM Tax day in America is a sore subject for businesses in the marijuana industry, as federal laws prohibit them from writing off expenses that other businesses can — resulting in “a great deal of anxiety.” According to a McClatchy report, marijuana growers and sellers operating in states...

Judge Upholds Federal Government’s Classification That Marijuana Is ‘Dangerous’

By Matt Ferner, Published: April 15, 2015 at 6:59 PM A judge in California on Wednesday denied a motion from a group of nine defendants charged with growing marijuana who were contending the federal government’s classification marijuana as one of the “most dangerous” substances is unconstitutional. “We’re clearly disappointed,” Zenia Gilg, a lawyer for the growers,...

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...

Poll: New Anti-Legalization Video Says Pot Is the New Tobacco. Do You Agree?

By Ricardo Baca, Published: April 10, 2015 at 4:25 PM Anti-legalization group Project SAM released a new video this week comparing marijuana’s recent rise to that of tobacco’s past ascents. The group released the video, above, in conjunction with theNational Rx Abuse Summit and the affiliated SAM Marijuana Education Summit. “I hope people realize that marijuana legalization is all about...

Adviser Cautious on Marijuana Issue

By Jim Provance, Published: April 3, 2015 COLUMBUS — A former White House adviser on drug issues did not argue that marijuana is a dangerous “gateway” drug, but cautioned Ohioans on Thursday to avoid creating another powerful “Big Tobacco.” A ballot issue proposed for the Nov. 3 election is unlike any other marijuana legalization effort...
Senate Bill Would Legalize Access to Medical Marijuana

Senate Bill Would Legalize Access to Medical Marijuana

By ProCon.org, Published: March 11, 2015 A bipartisan bill allowing patients to use medical marijuana in states where it has been legalized was introduced in the US Senate on Mar. 10, 2015. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced the proposed legislation that would also move the drug from Schedule I to Schedule...
No Approved ‘Medicine’ in Marijuana

No Approved ‘Medicine’ in Marijuana

By The Gazette, Published: March 25, 2015 at 5:46 AM Dr. Stuart Gitlow, a physician serving as president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, does not mince words: “There is no such thing at this point as medical marijuana,” he said. It’s a point he has made routinely for the past decade, as advocates for...
Medical Marijuana Industry Still Growing in Colorado

Medical Marijuana Industry Still Growing in Colorado

By The Gazette, Published: March 25, 2015 at 5:50 AM Colorado made headlines worldwide when recreational marijuana went on sale to the public in January 2014. News organizations descended on the Centennial State to document, and hype, the advent of legalized retail pot. The act of applying for and opening a retail pot business became reality-TV...
Lawmakers Weed out Medical Marijuana

Lawmakers Weed out Medical Marijuana

By Charles Talcott, Published: March 26, 2015 Blunting the progress of medical marijuana programs that have been legalized nationwide — nearly two dozen in total — North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday voted to kill a proposal that would have launched a medical cannabis program in the state. After an hour of testimony from military veterans and cancer...
Teen: Colorado Voters Were Duped into Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Teen: Colorado Voters Were Duped into Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

By The Gazette, Published: March 24, 2015 at 8:42 AM Nineteen-year-old Kaleb is 41 days and seven hours sober when he sits down for a long conversation about his marijuana addiction. Two more months, his treatment providers tell him, and he’ll likely be able to deliver his first clean drug test in many years showing no...
Legalization Didn't Unclog Prisons

Legalization Didn’t Unclog Prisons

By The Gazette, Published: March 23, 2015 at 5:32 AM Of all the misunderstandings about marijuana’s impact on the country, perhaps none is greater than the belief that America’s courts, prisons and jails are clogged with people whose only offense was marijuana use. This is the perception, but statistics show few inmates are behind bars strictly...
Marijuana Legalization Opponent Kevin Sabet Brings His Message to Oregon

Marijuana Legalization Opponent Kevin Sabet Brings His Message to Oregon

By Noelle Crombie, Published: January 17, 2014 at 5:14 AM The country’s most high-profile anti-marijuana spokesman brought his message to Oregon this week, warning that legalizing the drug will boost addiction rates, hook young people and enrich a powerful marijuana lobby. Kevin Sabet is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Friday before the Oregon Senate and House...