Former U.S. Attorneys Cite Greater Potency of Today’s THC Drugs, Rise in the Illicit Market and Cartel Activity Following State-Initiated Legalization (WASHINGTON, DC) – More than two dozen former U.S. Attorneys from across the nation, who served under Republican and Democratic administrations, have authored a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) […]

DEA Agrees That Unregulated THC Oils Aren’t Medicine


Georgia Pharmacies Face Crackdown from Federal Agency for Acting as Pot Shops (WASHINGTON, DC) – In the wake of the Georgia Board of Pharmacy’s rule changes that allows independent pharmacies to dispense THC oils, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a stern warning that “all DEA registrants, including DEA-registered pharmacies, are required to abide by […]

Statement on the Passing of Dr. Mitch Rosenthal

In a statement released today, the Rosenthal Center for Addiction Studies shared that their founder and president, Dr. Mitchell “Mitch” Rosenthal, passed away peacefully on November 14. Dr. Rosenthal was a pioneer in the treatment of substance use disorders, having founded Phoenix House, the nation’s leading non-profit provider of treatment and recovery services. He also […]

President Biden Pardons Simple Marijuana Possession Charges, Demonstrates Ability to Reform Without Legalization

(Washington, DC) — Today, President Joe Biden pardoned “all current United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who committed the offense of simple possession of marijuana in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.” Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) President and CEO Dr. Kevin Sabet, the marijuana lead at the White House drug office from 2009–2011 […]

Healthy and Productive North Dakota Files to Oppose the Legalization of Marijuana in North Dakota

(Fargo, North Dakota) –– Today, Healthy and Productive North Dakota was filed to oppose the passage of Measure 2, the ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota. The committee was filed by Kristie Spooner, LSW, who is an addiction counselor in Fargo, North Dakota, and served as the Chair of the campaign that […]

New National Drug Policy “Think and Do” Tank Forming to Offer Bold Solutions to the Addiction Crisis Facing America

(New York, NY) The Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS), a new, transformative, global 501(c)(3) “think and do” tank launching today at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, has been formed in response to the raging addiction crisis and the arcane complications to supporting population-level policies aimed at reducing substance use initiation and disorder. The launch, which […]

Leading Health, Treatment, and Family Service Organizations Join SAM in Letter Opposing Marijuana Legalization Bill

(Washington, DC)- In an open letter to Senators Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Ron Wyden, a coalition of organizations representing medical professionals, treatment specialists, faith communities, families and other stakeholders raises concerns over the health and safety risks of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act––this bill, which lacks many safeguards for public health, would deschedule and legalize […]

Senators Reintroduce Bill Prohibiting Sale of Candy-Flavored Weed Products to Minors

(Washington, DC) —Last week, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) reintroduced a bill (S.4628) which SAM helped to draft in 2017 that prohibits the sale of candy-flavored marijuana products to minors. The bill has 25 cosponsors. The introduction follows recent warning letters from the FDA on copycat pot products and letters to Congress from famous brands like Pepsi […]

SAM-Drafted Marijuana Research Bill Passes House of Representatives

(Washington, DC) — Today, The House of Representatives passed the groundbreaking, bipartisan Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (H.R. 8454) by a 325-95 vote. This legislation is the most significant advancement in marijuana research reform in several years. The bill, which SAM helped draft and has supported for several years, streamlines the application process […]

Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act Introduced in the Senate

(Washington, DC) Today, Senators Booker, Schumer, and Wyden introduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA), a bill that would legalize and commercialize marijuana nationwide. “The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act marches forward on unchecked marijuana legalization, despite the challenges plaguing states with legal weed,” said Kevin Sabet, Ph.D, co-founder and President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) […]

Largest National Coalition of Public Health, Family, Substance Use Education Groups to Oppose Developing Federal Marijuana Legalization Policy, Launch Parent Action Network

Key reasons for opposition include unregulated THC concentrations, impaired driving, youth-targeted marketing and marijuana-induced mental health concerns What: SAM to hold day long Summit at annual Rx Summit on marijuana policy issues Who: Patrick J. Kennedy; Kevin Sabet, Co-Founders of SAM; Head of Illinois NAACP Teresa Haley; Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA; Washington State Rep Lauren […]

MORE Act Passes House in Useless Show Vote, But Support Dwindles From Last Year

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