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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 […]

“….the lie that America is legalizing pot safely…”

Kevin Sabet, an anti-pot campaigner and former White House drug tsar, not only blames the marijuana she smoked, but also the $30 billion-a-year business behind it. ‘Big Weed’ is pushing ever more potent versions of pot’s active ingredient, THC, on a generation of unsuspecting Americans, he warns. ‘The marijuana industry’s lies and misinformation are directly to blame […]

A third way is needed to address Oregon’s drug crisis

“The debate over Measure 110, passed in 2020, was framed as “treatment over incarceration” for drug offenders. It seems all of us have now learned how wrong this framing was. What appeared to be a constructive debate about finding a better response to drug use was in fact a ballot measure that made drug use a […]

Billion dollar marijuana operation, illegally run by Chinese nationals in the U.S.

“What we’re seeing in legal states is that the black market for marijuana continues to beat the legal market,” said drug policy expert and Vice President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Luke Niforatos. It’s legal to grow weed in the state of Maine – you can actually grow about 3 mature plants but border patrol […]

ONE YEAR ON, PUBLIC DESERVES DATA TO EVALUATE IMPACT OF CONNECTICUT’S COMMERCIAL POT SALES

Legislators Urged to Further Reform the State’s Program to Protect Public Health and Safety (HARTFORD, CT) – Dr. Kevin Sabet, President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton, released the following statement in advance of the one-year anniversary of commercial marijuana sales in Connecticut:  “Trends across the nation […]

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 […]