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AGAINST THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COUNTRY’S LEADING MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, GERMAN POLITICIANS FALL FOR BIG MARIJUANA’S BIG LIES

Further Normalization of THC Drugs, Marijuana Will Have Devastating Consequences, Especially for Germany’s Young People WASHINGTON, DC) – Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton, released the following statement today in response to the German Bundestag’s vote to decriminalize marijuana and allow […]

NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE LEADERS MUST STAND STRONG AGAINST POT PROFITEERS

Nine times Senate leaders have seen through Big Marijuana’s big promises. They need to do it again.  (CONCORD, NH) – In response to a vote by the New Hampshire State House of Representatives to advance H.B.1633, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug policy advisor to […]

Niforatos in National Review: China’s Growing Illegal Pot Industry in the U.S. Should Spark Action

Top political leaders are wise to demand more information and stop the spread of these illegal operations. The link between the Chinese government and fentanyl is widely known. Using Mexican producers, international drug cartels linked to the Chinese government are laundering money and trafficking deadly drugs — and killing Americans at a record rate. But there’s […]

For Marijuana Users, Even Legalization Doesn’t Guarantee Safety

Mold, pesticides and heavy metals can contaminate pot products, threatening to sicken users Marijuana contaminated with arsenic, lead or mold is causing serious, even life-threatening illnesses around the country as use of cannabis products explodes. People who have used marijuana have higher levels of heavy metals in their blood and are more likely to develop fungal infections, […]

Marijuana users sue for gun rights

Proponents of federal bans point to dangers of high-potency THC Luke Niforatos is the executive vice president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group that opposes marijuana legalization and commercialization. He characterized the movement to challenge the federal ban as another effort by the cannabis industry to normalize marijuana’s use. But today’s high-potency marijuana shouldn’t […]

Sabet on Louisiana’s WWL: ‘Today’s marijuana is stronger than anything your parents smoked and is destroying communities’

Dr. Kevin Sabet weighed in on U.S. drug policy on Newell Normand’s show where he said people don’t realize how much drug culture hurts our communities. “I’ve never met anyone who said they would be better off if they used more drugs,” Dr. Sabet said, adding, “It’s really just common sense.” Listen to the whole […]

“MEDICAL” MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION BILL DIES IN WISCONSIN

SAM Action Applauds Senate President Chris Kapenga for Recognizing the Dangers Marijuana Poses to Public Health and Safety (MADISON, WI) – Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton, released the following statement today in response to reports that the GOP-led medical marijuana legalization bill (AB1040) is effectively […]

Several officials in Hawaii voice objections over potential marijuana legalization

Those in favor of legalization have pointed out that over 20 states allowing marijuana have enacted what they call ‘sensible public policies’. The opinion for many however, remains unwavering. A former user spoke out against potential legalization Wednesday. “Communities like Denver where there are more pot shops and Starbucks and McDonald’s combined, will not create […]

Niforatos: Debunking the myth: Every dollar of marijuana tax revenue is associated with $4.50 in costs

Those who have been following the legalization of marijuana have likely heard the familiar industry refrain that commercializing the drugs will generate a mound of tax revenue for state governments starved for cash. As legal weed marks a decade, the data tells a much different tale. This trend is not unique to Colorado, as marijuana […]

Fox 43: Gov. Shapiro asks lawmakers to legalize cannabis in the Commonwealth

Opponents of legalization like John Daviau, the director of state affairs for the nonprofit Smart Approaches to Marijuana, pointed to several concerns. “You’re going to see a 17% increase in substance abuse disorders. You’re going to see a 35% increase in chronic homelessness,” Daviau said. “And a 13% increase in arrests across the state.” READ/WATCH: […]

SHAPIRO FALLING FOR BIG POT’S BIG PROMISES

The Data are CLEAR: Drugs Aren’t Social Justice, Won’t Bring Tax Revenue HARRISBURG, PA) – Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, released the following statement today in response to Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro’s budget, which proposes opening […]

ONE YEAR ON, MISSOURI SHOWS NO SIGNS OF ADDRESSING THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH TODAY’S HIGH-POTENCY THC DRUGS

On Anniversary of Legal THC Drug Sales, SAM Calls for State Leaders to Act to Protect Young People (JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Dr. Kevin Sabet, President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former White House drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton, released the following statement in advance of the one-year anniversary of […]

FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND CONCURRENT CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION INTRODUCED TO COMBAT THE GROWING PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH-POTENCY MARIJUANA AND THC DRUGS

Resolution Introduced in the Senate by Senator Pete Ricketts and in the House by Rep. Pete Sessions  Highlights Risks Associated with the Commercial Marijuana Industry’s Addictive High-Potency Pot Products (WASHINGTON, DC) – In a first-of-its-kind move, U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) have filed a Concurrent Congressional Resolution outlining the dangers […]

2024 marks 10 years of legal marijuana sales in Colorado

The past two years have industry insiders wondering how to get business booming again, while those against the industry want more regulations.  “We saw the marijuana sales and consumption skyrocket during COVID-19, why was that, well we saw addiction levels to all substances skyrocket during COVID-19 because of isolation, because of mental health challenges and […]

Marijuana industry advocates, critics and regulators reflect on 10-year anniversary of legalization

Voters legalized marijuana use in 2012. Today, the industry has more than 2,500 active cannabis business licenses, including 912 retail establishment licenses. In addition, some 36,000 active occupational licenses have been issued to workers in the industry. Luke Niforatos of Smart Approaches to Marijuana characterized the drug’s legalization as a disaster for the state.  “We […]

BIDEN’S POT PROCLAMATION CONTINUES ADMINISTRATION’S OPPOSITION TO BIG MARIJUANA, BUT MISSES OPPORTUNITY TO WARN THE PUBLIC ABOUT TODAY’S HIGHLY POTENT WEED

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton, today released the following statement in response to President Joseph Biden’s proclamation pardoning individuals who committed or were convicted of the offense of simple possession of marijuana: “Today, President Biden continues his […]

Sabet in Newsweek: Education Should Focus on Stopping Drug Use Before It Starts

Efforts to prevent drug use and encourage kids to live free from drugs have come under increased attack. Rather than building on science and common sense, some have begun advocating for an unproven approach to prevention that aims to not prevent drug use at all—instead it educates children on how to use drugs. Policymakers should […]

Niforatos on Fox News: Expert sounds alarm on danger of hemp products: ‘A matter of life and death’

Protect Our Kids CEO Luke Niforatos discusses growing concerns among parents and medical workers over children’s exposure to hemp-driven products. Watch HERE

DEA warns Georgia to stop plans to let pharmacies sell medical marijuana

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is warning Georgia not to go ahead with a plan to become the first state in the nation to offer medical marijuana products at independent pharmacies. Medical marijuana is only available to Georgians with approval from a physician to treat severe illnesses including seizures, terminal cancers, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic […]