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

Will Oregon Be next Spot for Pot Tourism? Not until 2016

By Anna Staver, Published: November 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM Will Oregon Be next Spot for Pot Tourism? Not until 2016 SALEM, Ore. — Oregonians voted 55% to 45% to legalize recreational sales and consumption of marijuana for people who are 21 or older. Here’s what happens next: Question: When can I start smoking? Answer: Oregonians and visitors with an...

Marijuana: Florida Says No; DC and Oregon Say Yes

By Trevor Hughes (USA Today), Published: November 5, 2014 at 12:29 AM Marijuana: Florida Says No; DC and Oregon Say Yes (USA Today) — Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, but voters in Washington, D.C. and Oregon both approved recreational pot use by adults, according to preliminary tallies. Alaska’s voters were also...

“Marijuana Midterms” Fall Just Short of Clean Sweep

Published: November 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM “Marijuana Midterms” Fall Just Short of Clean Sweep Marijuana legalization efforts in the United States achieved a major step forward on Tuesday. Voters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, all approved ballot initiatives to legalize possession outright of at least one ounce of cannabis. Residents of Alaska, Oregon,...

Election Will Decide Marijuana Legalization in Three States, DC

By Charlie Butts, Published: November 03, 2014 Election Will Decide Marijuana Legalization in Three States, DC Three states and Washington, DC, will decide marijuana issues when they go to the polls Tuesday. Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia will vote tomorrow on whether to legalize marijuana Tuesday – and Florida will decide on the use...

Take Charge Conference Featured over 100 Youth, 2 National Speakers

By Jeffrey Meyers, Prevention Speialist, Published: November 4th, 2014 at 11:14 AM Take Charge Conference Featured over 100 Youth, 2 National Speakers On October 21st the Area Substance Abuse Council held its 20th Annual Take Charge conference, an event specifically designed for active high school students who want to be leaders in their schools and communities. This year...

Big Marijuana Is Not Your Friend

By Kevin A. Sabet, Published: October 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM Big Marijuana Is Not Your Friend We Need Not Legitimize, Glorify Self-Destructive Behavior Remember Big Tobacco? Say hello to Big Marijuana. That’s what we’re about to get if we continue to legalize marijuana here in the United States. Despite warnings from groups like the American...

The Pros and Cons of Legalising Drugs in the UK

LAST UPDATED AT 11:16 ON Thu 30 Oct 2014 The Pros and Cons of Legalising Drugs in the UK A Home Office report has concluded that harsh punishments do nothing to dissuade people from using drugs, leading campaigners to renew calls for a fresh approach to drug legislation. The report, which has divided politicians and...

Conference on Drug Trends Draws Educators, Counselors, Officials

By Warren Reporter, Published: October 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM Conference on Drug Trends Draws Educators, Counselors, Officials Among the featured speakers at the drug trends conference were MaryJo Harris, coordinator for Healthy and Safe Communities; Warren County Prosecutor Richard T. Burke; Dr. Kevin Sabet; Dr. Donald Hallcom; Dr. Randie O’Neil, and Matt Scuten. Rebecca Alfaro, not...

Outlook for States’ Pot Legalization Measures Goes from Solid to Shaky

By EVAN HALPER, Published: October 29, 2014, 4:36 PM Outlook for States’ Pot Legalization Measures Goes from Solid to Shaky With pot sold openly to any adult who wants it in Colorado and Washington state, marijuana advocates were hoping restrictions in other states would fall like dominoes this election season, opening the way for a push...

Marijuana Summit Held at Homewood High School

By Michael Oder, Published: October 28, 2014, 10:58 pm Marijuana Summit Held at Homewood High School Click the title to watch the video! HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — Parents and students got facts about marijuana Tuesday night. Kevin Sabet laid it out at Homewood High School. Sabet is the director of the Drug Policy Institute at the...

Homewood Gears Up for Marijuana Forum: Featured Speaker, Drug Policy Expert Shares 7 ‘Pot Myths’

By Ana Rodriguez | arodriguez@al.com, Published: October 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM Homewood Gears Up for Marijuana Forum: Featured Speaker, Drug Policy Expert Shares 7 ‘Pot Myths’ HOMEWOOD, Alabama — Birmingham-area parents interested in talking to their children about marijuana are invited to attend an information forum at Homewood High School Tuesday, Oct. 28. “Talking to children...

Pot Legalization Opponent Kevin Sabet on Cannabis’ Big Day at the Ballot Box

By Ricardo Baca, The Cannabist Staff, PUBLISHED: NOV 5, 2014, 4:34 PM Pot Legalization Opponent Kevin Sabet on Cannabis’ Big Day at the Ballot Box  Kevin Sabet co-founded advocacy group Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) with former congressman Pat Kennedy Jr., is the director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and has a host of...