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Luke Niforatos in Colorado Sun: An audit of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division discovers significant lapses of oversight

“At the end of July, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division released its annual performance audit. This division, as specified in the report, is responsible for ‘regulating Colorado’s retail marijuana industry,’ ‘inspecting marijuana stores,’ ‘investigating alleged violations of marijuana laws and rules,’ and ‘pursuing enforcement actions.’ Yet, key findings of the report revealed that though they are charged […]

Senate plans to advance cannabis banking bill by the end of month

Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action, an organization against legalizing marijuana, is attempting to urge lawmakers who haven’t taken a position on the bill to oppose it. The group sent a letter to Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), who has yet to formally endorse the legislation. Read the entire article here.

Republicans soften on federal marijuana reform in a shift that could make it a reality

A bill that would let legal marijuana businesses get access to major financial and banking institutions is likely to have the votes to pass the Senate. Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action, a political organization opposed to marijuana legalization, urged Tuberville to oppose the legislation in a recent letter. “Marijuana is particularly dangerous for young people, a […]

Proposed Marijuana Rescheduling Doesn’t Follow the Science

“This proposed change, like the drug up for discussion, doesn’t smell right. It comes just after intense pressure from pro-marijuana politicians in Congress and soon before a national presidential election. The precise timing of the announcement (HHS released it at 4:20pm) will make potheads around the country nod in approval, but DEA should reject this recommendation.” Read […]

Alabama Conservative Groups and State Legislators urge Senator Tommy Tuberville to withdraw support for “Addiction Banking Act” in letter

Bill Empowers Foreign Drug Cartels, Puts Banks, Addiction-for-Profit Industry Ahead of Public Health (WASHINGTON, DC) – Last week, a group of prominent Alabamans, including state legislators and conservative organizations, led by SAM Action, sent a letter urging Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) to rescind his support for the SAFE Banking Act. The signatories, which include Concerned Women for America of […]

Arizona dispensaries welcome potential federal reclassification of marijuana

 Smart Approaches to Marijuana president Kevin Sabet, a former Obama administration drug policy official, said the HHS recommendation “flies in the face of science, reeks of politics” and gives a regrettable nod to an industry “desperately looking for legitimacy.” Read here.

Edwards files ‘Stop Pot’ bill ahead of Cherokee vote on recreational marijuana

“Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action President and CEO Dr. Kevin Sabet said: ‘Today’s marijuana isn’t Woodstock Weed. It is a highly engineered drug that’s often wrapped in kid-friendly packaging, with potencies of up to 99 percent. The legalization movement has worsened America’s mental health and addiction crisis by preying on communities of color and young […]

NC’s one spot for legal recreational marijuana? Tribal vote now happening

“Today’s commercial marijuana products are associated with depression, suicidality, IQ loss and most recently psychosis and schizophrenia, especially for young people,” said Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action President Dr. Kevin Sabet in a Sept. 1 news release from the office of Rep. Chuck Edwards. Read here.

Opposition raised against further access to low-THC oil in Georgia

Kevin Sabet, the cofounder of Safe Approaches to Marijuana wrote a letter to Governor Brian Kemp to urge him not to approve the board’s decision, citing research about health concerns and the potential for abuse. “We’re hoping the Governor steps in and uses his power to not allow independent pharmacies to sell these oils. I’m worried this […]

Dr. Kevin Sabet on Georgia Public Radio

Sabet: That gives the impression to, you know, small pharmacies, especially, that these are somehow federally legal. They’re actually federally illegal. Read here.

The Washington Times: Cannabis industry no longer riding high: Job losses, supply imbalances, dwindling profits hit sector

Washington debates ways to link the marijuana businesses with banking, ease tax burdens Read the article here.

The Albuquerque Journal: A warning for parents: Today’s pot comes with serious consequences 

“What can parents do? Educate yourself, know what paraphernalia to look for and know the signs of possible use, including physical changes such as bloodshot eyes, and personality changes such as a disinterest in usual activities, hanging out with a new crowd, and isolation. Talk about avoiding drug use in a judgment-free way, stressing that […]