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SAM's leaders are among the world's most prominent voices calling for science-based marijuana education and awareness. About Us

Preventing Big Tobacco 2.0

The marijuana industry is likely to be the Big Tobacco of our time. Let's prevent another industry from profiting off of addiction. Read more here.

Putting Public Health First

We stand with every major medical association when we say marijuana can be harmful. Read about the latest science and read why legalization is not working in U.S. states.

Advocating for Legal Reform

Just because legalization is a bad idea, it doesn't mean we need to incarcerate users or give out criminal records. There is a middle ground between the extremes. Read more here.

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  • New Data Shows Colorado Youth Marijuana Use on the Rise Since Legalization

    New Data Shows Colorado Youth Marijuana Use on the Rise Since Legalization June 20, 2016 (Alexandria, VA) – A new state-funded report out of Colorado today found that marijuana use among high school students is on the rise in Colorado since legalization, while youth cigarette use has declined.  This rise is a result of particularly […]

  • SAM Applauds Bi-Partisan Legislation for Legitimate Medical Marijuana Research

    SAM Applauds Bi-Partisan Legislation for Legitimate Medical Marijuana Research   MEDS Act promotes FDA-compliant medical research of marijuana   June 20, 2016 (Alexandria, VA)– Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) applauds U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Coons (D-DE) for introducing the Marijuana Effective Drug Studies (MEDS) Act of […]

  • Legalized Marijuana States Excluded From State Level CDC Survey; National Level Survey Consistent with Prior Studies

    Legalized Marijuana States Excluded From State Level CDC Survey; National Level Survey Consistent with Prior Studies   Legalized states of Colorado, Oregon, and Washington are not included in statewide results of Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System study; Colorado still top youth marijuana using state in the country   [WASHINGTON, DC] – The new 2015 state-level Centers for […]