April 4, 2023

Official Release

(DOVER, DE) – Smart Approaches to Marijuana President and CEO Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former Obama drug policy advisor, released the following statement today in response to the passage of HB 1 and HB 2, a pair of bills that would legalize and commercialize marijuana and create a dangerous commercial marijuana market in Delaware: 

“We are extremely disappointed by the passage of this reckless legislation, which threatens the health and safety of all Delaware residents, especially young people, communities of color, and those suffering from addiction. These bills lack basic protections for public health and safety, including potency limits, and would inflict the same damage to the people of Delaware that we’ve seen first-hand in other states.

“Governor Carney, like President Biden, has repeatedly demonstrated tremendous courage in standing up to the big money and influence campaigns of the addiction-for-profit pot industry. We urge him to continue to fight for Delaware families and communities by vetoing these bills. The governor has expressed very real and valid concerns about the serious risks associated with a commercial marijuana market and understands that encouraging more drug use only serves to hurt the future of the state. We hope he takes swift action against these bills.”