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
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.
Federal Drug Regulators Caution Hemp Oil Sellers

Federal Drug Regulators Caution Hemp Oil Sellers

By Trevor Hughes, Published: March 11, 2015 at 7:29 PM DENVER — Federal drug regulators have ordered several cannabis companies to stop claiming their hemp oil products can cure everything from cancer to Ebola after testing showed some of them contained none of the advertised ingredient. In a series of strongly worded letters, federal safety regulators warned...
State of Pot in Colorado a Year after Marijuana Legalization

State of Pot in Colorado a Year after Marijuana Legalization

By Nicole Arce, Published: March 1 at 4:35 AM Colorado has released its first annual report on the status of the marijuana market a year after legalization in the state. It shows a growing industry that has sold nearly 75 tons of cannabis flower and almost 50 million units of pot edibles. A year after the first...
Legal Marijuana Experiment in Two States: Has It Worked?

Legal Marijuana Experiment in Two States: Has It Worked?

By Amanda Paulson, Published: February 22, 2015 At the Options Medical Center in Boulder, a top local seller of recreational marijuana, a steady stream of customers ranging from men in their 20s to middle-aged professional women goes through the door to buy pot. Connor Dozois, the budtender on duty, fills orders for some regular customers who know...

Aided by 85-Year-Old Widow, Pot Fight Heats up in Texas

By Rob Hotakainen, Published: February 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — After her husband, Bob, died last Thursday, 85-year-old Ann Lee of Houston is eager to get back to work, which means promoting the legalization of marijuana. Lee, executive director of a group called Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, went to the state capitol in Austin on Wednesday as part of...
What's in the Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Being Unveiled

What’s in the Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Being Unveiled

By Niraj Chokshi, Published: March 9, 2015 The historic medical marijuana bill a trio of senators plan to unveil on Tuesday has a bit of something for everyone. The bill, which activists describe as a first for the Senate, would end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana and implement a number of critical reforms that advocates of both medical and...
Booker and Rand Paul Propose Bill Lifting Restrictions on Medical Marijuana

Booker and Rand Paul Propose Bill Lifting Restrictions on Medical Marijuana

By Jan Hefler, Published: March 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) joined with Sens. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) Tuesday to announce a bipartisan bill to lift federal restrictions against medical marijuana. The legislation would remove the specter of federal prosecution in the 23 states that have medical...
Medical Marijuana Consideration Should Go beyond Compassion

Medical Marijuana Consideration Should Go beyond Compassion

By Rev. Mark H. Creech, Published: March 17, 2015 at 4:42 AM Four Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medicinal marijuana legal in North Carolina. Eleven other democrats have signed onto the bill. No Republicans indicated their support for the proposed measure at the time of the writing of this article. Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford),...
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...
Marijuana Legalization Gets a Boost on Capitol Hill

Marijuana Legalization Gets a Boost on Capitol Hill

By Evan Halper, Published: March 10, 2015 at 11:15 AM Marijuana legalization got a boost on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as a trio of rising stars in the Senate launched an effort to rewrite federal drug laws. The push to decriminalize at least the medical use of marijuana came from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky...
Trying to Weed out Legal Pot

Trying to Weed out Legal Pot

By Kristen Wyatt, Published: March 6, 2015 at 11:38 AM DENVER — Ten sheriffs from three different states sued Colorado Thursday for decriminalizing marijuana — joining a handful of recent legal challenges urging courts to strike down the state’s legalization of recreational pot. The sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska say that Colorado’s 2012 marijuana legalization...