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SAM calls for White House, DOJ, SAMHSA, FDA to stop ignoring marijuana issue; host summit with public health researchers

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Legalization, SAM in the News | 0 comments

SAM Co-Founder Patrick Kennedy asks President Barack Obama to round up federal agencies and shine spotlight on mental, physical harms of marijuana. (more…)

Avoid ‘Charlotte’s Web’ to treat epilepsy

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Child Health, Legislation, Research | 0 comments

Avoid ‘Charlotte’s Web’ to treat epilepsy

Dr. Christian Thurstone, a member of SAM’s board of directors, gives several reasons why children with severe epilepsy should avoid the CBD oil product known as “Charlotte’s Web.” (more…)

SAM NY opposes medical marijuna compromise, commends governor holding firm against smoking

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in SAM in the News, SAM New York, Smart Policy | 0 comments

ALBANY–  The New York Affiliate of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens, coordinated by Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) and chaired nationally by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, expressed concern today that the New York State lawmakers assumed the role of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ignored the advice of medical professionals by approving medical marijuana. (more…)

SAM applauds DOJ, U.S. Sentencing Commission call to reduce sentences for some drug offenders

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Smart Policy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Justice Department’s support for a reduction in sentences for nonviolent drug offenders is a step in the right direction — and one that shows marijuana legalization is unnecessary to reform any problematic drug laws, says Smart Approaches to Marijuana (Project SAM), a national, volunteer nonprofit co-founded by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy. (more…)

‘I became convinced that I had died’

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Marijuana in media | 0 comments

‘I became convinced that I had died’

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd ate a marijuana edible in Denver, and we hope you’ll read her full report about the experience. (more…)

SAM applauds CBD agreement between State of N.Y., maker of medicine for children with severe epilepsy

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Child Health, Smart Policy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York affiliate of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens coordinated by Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) and chaired nationally by former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, applaud today the State of New York’s efforts to help children with severe epilepsy receive promising, new medication based on the non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant. (more…)

After 5 months of sales, Colorado sees downside of legal highs

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Legalization, SAM in the News | 0 comments

After 5 months of sales, Colorado sees downside of legal highs

DENVER — Five months after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, the battle over legalization is still raging.
Law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors and legalization opponents increasingly are highlighting a series of recent problems as cautionary lessons for other states flirting with loosening marijuana laws. (more…)

SAM applauds unprecedented agreement between Georgia, manufacturer of CBD medicine

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Child Health, Featured, Smart Policy | 0 comments

The State of Georgia and GW Pharmaceuticals have forged an unprecedented agreement that is a smart, compassionate way to ensure children with intractable epilepsy receive a new medication based on a non-intoxicating component of cannabis. (more…)

‘People are voting without the knowledge.’

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Child Health, Legalization | 0 comments

‘People are voting without the knowledge.’

There is no debate: marijuana is addictive and harmful to brain development, and current trends showing increased use among adolescents are profoundly troubling, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, told thousands of people gathered last week in Washington, D.C., for an annual meeting of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, or CADCA. (more…)

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