“Incarceration or legalization?” “Lock ’em up, or let ’em loose?” These phrases have dominated the discussion about marijuana over the past decade. As a result, marijuana-legalization advocates — not scientists, doctors, people in recovery, disadvantaged communities or young people affected by marijuana use and its policies — have been at the forefront of changing marijuana laws in the United States.
SAM is a group of experts and knowledgeable professionals advocating for a fresh approach that neither legalizes, nor demonizes, marijuana.
We wish …
To inform public policy with the science of today’s marijuana.
To have honest conversation about reducing the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.
To prevent the establishment of Big Marijuana that would market marijuana to children — and to prevent Big Tobacco from taking over Big Marijuana. Those are the very likely results of legalization.
To promote research on marijuana in order to obtain FDA-approved, pharmacy-dispensed, cannabis-based medications