Holding Big Marijuana Accountable,
Protecting the Public from Marijuana Commercialization
SAM’s primary focus is educating the public about the harms of marijuana legalization—a policy which has consistently placed corporate profits and addiction ahead of public health. We provide information on the harms of such policies to interested parties for use in messaging, and educate federal and state legislators on the benefits of a science-based marijuana policy.
Dr. Marilyn Huestis
Dr. A. Eden Evins
Dr. Paula Riggs
Dr. Hoover Adger
Dr. Aaron Weiner
Judge Arthur Burnett
Dr. Kathryn Wells
Dr. Stuart Gitlow
Dr. Kimber Richter
Dr. Gary Kirkilas
Dr. Yifrah Kaminer
Dr. Christian Thurstone
Dr. Sion Kim Harris
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is
We envision a society where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms, and the commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no more. Our mission is to educate citizens on the science of marijuana and to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.
Educating the public and policy makers on the harms of marijuana commercialization and legalization
We invest heavily in the longer-term goals of educating the public and policy-makers alike on the harms of marijuana use and marijuana commercialization, the importance of science-based drug policy, and research into the potential medical use of compounds derived from marijuana. Working with our state affiliates, we hold federal, state, and local-level briefings across the country on these issues, and produce and distribute a wide range of related educational materials at no charge.
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The Four Pillars of
Smart Approaches to Marijuana
To inform public policy with the science of today’s marijuana.
To have honest conversation about legal reforms that include reducing the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.
To prevent the establishment of Big Marijuana that would market marijuana to children — and to prevent Big Tobacco from taking over Big Marijuana. Those are the very likely results of legalization.
To promote research on marijuana in order to obtain FDA-approved, pharmacy-dispensed, cannabis-based medications.
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We should meet people where they are at, but never leave them where they are at.
Congressman Patrick J. KennedyCo-Founder, Smart Approached to Marijuana