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A jar of medical marijuana is displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014.  REUTERS/David McNew

U.S. Anti-Legalization Group Urges More Access to Marijuana Research

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Published: May 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind. The plan from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which is co-founded by […]

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MN police bracing for Medical Marijuana Program

By Jon Collins, Published: April 21, 2015 Police chiefs across the state are preparing for the launch of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program this summer. Minnesota passed one of the country’s most restrictive medical marijuana laws last year. It prohibits personally growing marijuana or smoking marijuana and can be prescribed for less than a dozen conditions. Kevin […]

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Smart Approaches to Public Health: Big Tobacco 2.0

By Scott Gagnon, Published: April 10, 2015 Hello and welcome to the first proper blog entry on Smart Approaches to Public Health. It is a happy coincidence that the unveiling and launch of this blog was on the same day as another important unveiling. Today, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) released a video entitled “Big Tobacco 2.0.” The […]

On Marijuana, Obama, Christie, and a Nor Cal Judge All Agree: Legalization Is a Bad Idea

By Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., Published: April 16, 2015 at 8:29 AM With presidential campaign politics upon us, it’s hard to find areas of agreement among key leaders. But there seems to be one issue that even President Obama, Governor Chris Christie, and a Northern California, Obama-appointed judge can all agree on: marijuana legalization is a […]

Poll: New Anti-Legalization Video Says Pot Is the New Tobacco. Do You Agree?

By Ricardo Baca, Published: April 10, 2015 at 4:25 PM Anti-legalization group Project SAM released a new video this week comparing marijuana’s recent rise to that of tobacco’s past ascents. The group released the video, above, in conjunction with theNational Rx Abuse Summit and the affiliated SAM Marijuana Education Summit. “I hope people realize that marijuana legalization is all about […]

New SAM site tracks violations set by DOJ memo

SAM LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO TRACK VIOLATIONS OF JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MEMO; THC-POSITIVE DRUG TESTS IN COLORADO SKYROCKET SINCE LEGALIZATION  National group launches www.legalizationviolations.org and announces that positive THC drug tests in Colorado have risen 44% since the state began retail marijuana sales (FEBRUARY 17, 2014) – Smart Approaches to Marijuana, chaired by former Congressman Patrick J. […]

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AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OPPOSES MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION; SUPPORTS HEALTH-FIRST APPROACH TO MARIJUANA USE

Largest medical group in the US explicitly rejects calls to become “neutral” on legalization; supports full funding of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; calls for proper study of Colorado and Washington policies. It joins the American Psychiatric Association, who issued a statement last week outlining the public health harms of marijuana. NATIONAL HARBOR, […]

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SAM Releases statement about new DOJ “Trust But Verify” Approach to CO and WA Marijuana Legalization

  SAM says to “prepare the floodgates” for negative consequences as a result of a new Big Marijuana industry being emboldened; calls for the CDC, Surgeon General, National Institutes of Health to fund public health monitoring systems August 29, 2013 – Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), a national alliance calling for smart marijuana policies […]