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Lawmakers See Through Medical Marijuana Ruse That is a Backdoor to Full Commercial THC Industry FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 7, 2023 Media Contact: Bob Driscoll bob@learnaboutsam.org716-307-7406 (RALEIGH, NC) – Smart Approaches to Marijuana: North Carolina (SAM Action NC) released the following statement today praising North Carolina lawmakers as “medical marijuana” fails to advance in the current session of […]


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action)released the following statement today in response to Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz’s irrational proposal to solve military recruitment deficits by ending drug testing for THC, the psychoactive component extracted from marijuana.  “Use of THC drugs by military recruits has surged 33 percent in recent years and […]

Dr. Kevin Sabet on Fox News radio

Listen to Dr. Kevin Sabet’s commentary here.

Parent Action Network’s letter to NCAA regarding Marijuana Testing Policy

June 29, 2023 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)  Board of Governors                        700 W Washington Street P.O. Box 7110 Indianapolis,  Indianapolis, IN 46202-6222 Dear NCAA, CSMAS, and Division I, II, and III Leaders and Administrators, It has come to the attention of the Parent Action Network, an affiliate of Smart Approaches to Marijuana focused on supporting […]

LUKE NIFORATOS in the Daily Caller: Magic Mushrooms As Medicine? More False Promises From The Addiction Industry

Just days after Minnesota lawmakers narrowly passed a bill to flood the state with the drug THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, addiction profiteers made their next move by advancing another bill to create a “Psychedelic Medicine Task Force,” with the clear goal of commercializing more drugs. It’s an increasingly familiar pattern of behavior in […]

On International Drug Day SAM & FDPS Meet with Italian PM in Rome and head to New Zealand; Call on Global Community to Strengthen Cooperation to Combat Illicit Drug Use

Italy Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni June 26 is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (ROME, ITALY) – Gripped by an unprecedented drug crisis that is devastating families and fueling profits for drug cartels, Smart Approaches to Marijuana and the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS) today called on political leaders around the world to advance public policies focused on evidence-based prevention, treatment, […]

Sabet: This is America’s surprising youth drug crisis

“Legalized drug crisis is harming young people far more than most realize” “The marijuana industry, which spent billions to lobby elected officials and bankroll legalization referendum campaigns, is following the playbook pioneered by Big Tobacco. They recognize that the road to big profits runs through the heaviest users. As such, they have increased potency of […]

Dr. Kevin Sabet on the Pat Miller Program

Dr. Kevin Sabet speaks with Pat Miller about the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on the Addiction Banking Act and how S.1323 will help fuel the nation’s addiction crisis. Listen here.

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. Senate Passes SAM-Supported Bill Easing Access to Marijuana Research

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the SAM-supported Cannabidiol Medical Marihuana Research Expansion Act. The bipartisan bill – which SAM helped to write – is sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Grassley, and Schatz, and would amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove some barriers that prevent researchers from adequately evaluating the potential risks and […]

Connecticut House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora Receives Patrick J. Kennedy Advocate of the Year Award

(Alexandria, VA) – Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the nation’s leading organization opposing the commercialization of marijuana, is proud to announce that Connecticut House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora is the recipient of the 2021 Patrick J. Kennedy Advocate of the Year Award, given to an advocate at the state-level who best champions the mission […]

SAM Model State Legislation

The expanded use of marijuana has demonstrated harms to public health through increased drugged driving fatalities, workplace accidents, development of mental health problems, and public exposure to second-hand smoke. The harms are particularly acute for children and adolescents, those with mental illness, those with predisposition to addictions, and pregnant women. The commercialization of marijuana leads […]

Altria/Philip Morris/Big Tobacco Investing in Marijuana

During an interview with Barclays Investments on September 5, 2018, tobacco industry executives from Altria (the parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris) indicated their interest in taking advantage of marijuana as a new product line: Gaurav Jain (Barclays) There has been quite a bit of interest in the cannabis space, especially given recent news […]

BREAKING: Marijuana Legalization Defeated Again in Vermont

BREAKING: Marijuana Legalization Defeated Again in Vermont National Marijuana Policy Group Applauds Defeat of Marijuana Commercialization in Vermont  For Immediate Release: Monday, April 30, 2018 Contact: Colton Grace 864-492-6719 [Montpelier, VT] – On Friday, the Vermont House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to kill a bill that would have fully legalized the commercialization of marijuana. […]

New Poll Offers False Dichotomy, Skews Illinois Voters’ View On Marijuana

Poll presents voters with only two options on marijuana policy, contradicted by Mason-Dixon poll. CHICAGO – Today, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute released a poll of Illinois voters that purports to show overwhelming support for the legalization of marijuana. The poll shows that 66% of voters in the state were supportive of the legalization […]

NJ Legislative Black Caucus Marijuana Legislative Hearing

Jersey City, NJ – Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), and it’s affiliate, NJ Responsible Approaches to Marijuana (NJ-RAMP), will be testifying about the impact of marijuana legalization in front of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus. You can watch it live here!   WHO:  New Jersey Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy (NJ-RAMP) Coalition Members, including Kevin […]