Marijuana Use Is Going Up – Despite Reports| Leave a Comment
This past week, the annual HHS National Survey on Drug Use and Health was released. This report asks people in households about their drug use. It focuses on the age group of 12 and over, and breaks down categories among people ages 12-to-17, 18-to-25 and 26 and older. The Washington Post and other sources reported […]
Colorado SAM, doctors call on Denver Post and Leafly to end unfounded medical claims| Leave a Comment
“Green Crack” marijuana can treat depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD according to The Denver Post’s marijuana website, The Cannabist. Green Crack marijuana is just one of more than 90 marijuana strains listed with medical recommendations for treating mental health issues that are provided by Lealfy, the same company that became the New York Times’ […]
SAM calls for White House, DOJ, SAMHSA, FDA to stop ignoring marijuana issue; host summit with public health researchers| Leave a Comment
SAM Co-Founder Patrick Kennedy asks President Barack Obama to round up federal agencies and shine spotlight on mental, physical harms of marijuana.
SAM NY opposes medical marijuna compromise, commends governor holding firm against smoking| Leave a Comment
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 […]
SAM applauds DOJ, U.S. Sentencing Commission call to reduce sentences for some drug offenders| Leave a Comment
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.
SAM applauds CBD agreement between State of N.Y., maker of medicine for children with severe epilepsy| Leave a Comment
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 […]
After 5 months of sales, Colorado sees downside of legal highs| Leave a Comment
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.
Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, Law Enforcement, and Drug Court Groups Agree: The Rohrabacher Amendment Should Not Be Considered in the Senate!| Leave a Comment
Click here to read our factsheet and background document on the Rohrabacher Amendment.
SAM applauds unprecedented agreement between Georgia, manufacturer of CBD medicine| Leave a Comment
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.
We need more accurate marijuana news| Leave a Comment
The world of marijuana is changing. And that means the world of marijuana-related news stories is also changing. With two states having legalized the drug, there is certainly a lot to write and talk about.
Patrick Kennedy speaks to Global News BC1| Leave a Comment
SAM’s Chairman, Patrick Kennedy, speaks to Global News BC1 in Vancouver about the dangers of marijuana use and legalization.
Patrick Kennedy and Christopher Kennedy Lawford on Hardball with Chris Matthews| Leave a Comment
Patrick Kennedy and Christopher Kennedy Lawford join Chris Matthews for a second time to discuss marijuana legalization in the United States.
Kevin Sabet on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor| Leave a Comment
SAM’s Director, Kevin Sabet, joins Bill O’Reilly to discuss marijuana legalization in the United States.
Christopher Kennedy Lawford & Patrick Kennedy talk Recovery on “Hardball with Chris Matthews”| Leave a Comment
SAM’s Board Member, Christopher Kennedy Lawford and Chairman, Patrick Kennedy, join Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball to discuss recovery.
Sen. Collins (R-ME) poses a question about FDA-approved marijuana-based medicines| Leave a Comment
Following consultation with Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and Dr. Kevin Sabet, Senator Susan Collins of Maine asks FDA Commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, about the development of FDA-approved marijuana-based medicines.
SAM’s 4/20 Report Card: Colorado| Leave a Comment
We hope you’ll review SAM’s 4/20 Report Card: Colorado. This document, culled from many public records, prevents early data revealing troubling developments in that state.
Kennedy Briefs Admin Officials at Camp David; SAM Releases 4/20 Report Card on Colorado| Leave a Comment
SAM CHAIRMAN PATRICK KENNEDY BRIEFS ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AT CAMP DAVID ON TROUBLING DATA FROM COLORADO New report released by SAM reveals problems with legalization, including increased marijuana positives among employees, marijuana advertisements, new data on marijuana’s effects on the brain, and tobacco company interest in marijuana e-cigarettes. DENVER, CO – Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) […]
Save the Date!| Leave a Comment
SAM is happy to announce that it will hold its first annual National Marijuana Action Summit this summer! July 19-20 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Preceding the CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute Click here to see why your sector should attend! Visit midyear.cadca.org/samsummit for more details! Speakers include: Patrick Kennedy Dr. Kevin Sabet David Frum […]
David Frum: Don’t Go to Pot| Leave a Comment
Commentary: Don’t Go To Pot The 50 states are sometimes called “laboratories of democracy”. Although the expression is intended to highlight in flattering terms how innovative they can be, it also suggests that the states’ political experiments can and do fail. In the event of failure, the hope must be that damage can be stopped […]
Will ‘America’s biggest social experiment’ see the country go to pot?| Leave a Comment
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 26/03/2014 Reporter: Ben Knight Watch here: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s3972278.htm
Press Release: New Hampshire House Convincingly Rejects Legalization| Leave a Comment
NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE CONVINCINGLY REJECTS LEGALIZATION The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 192-140 on Wednesday not to legalize one ounce of recreational marijuana, demonstrating that legalization is not inevitable. Concord, NH – On Wednesday March 26, the House voted 192-140 against legalizing one ounce of marijuana for recreational use in New Hampshire. “This is […]
SAM Featured in CNN’s Sanjay Gupta’s Documentary, “Weed 2”| Leave a Comment
SAM Featured in CNN’s Sanjay Gupta’s Documentary, “Weed 2” March 12, 2014 – [Washington, DC] – Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Co-Founder, Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy released the following statement about “Weed 2,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN Documentary that featured Congressman Kennedy: “As shown on Dr. Gupta’s documentary, SAM believes that marijuana contains medical value. […]
First Month of Marijuana Tax Revenue in Colorado Falls Well Short of Expectations| Leave a Comment
First Month of Marijuana Tax Revenue in Colorado Falls Well Short of Expectations March 11, 2014 – [Denver, CO] – Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Co-Founders, Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Executive Director Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, released the following statement about marijuana tax revenue in Colorado: “It appears that Colorado is falling well short […]
SAM, medical associations, anti-drug coalitions call on DOJ for marijuana to remain Schedule 1 & and for more government research of the drug| Leave a Comment
SAM, MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS & ANTI-DRUG COALITIONS SEND LETTER TO U.S. DOJ CALLING FOR MARIJUANA TO REMAIN AS A SCHEDULE I DRUG & MORE GOVERNMENT RESEARCH ON ITS MEDICAL COMPONENTS Over ten major organizations join Smart Approaches to Marijuana in pressing the DOJ not to reschedule marijuana; coalition calls for the government to increase research on […]