IT’S TIME TO HOLD

A SAM TRAINING!

Trainings are now available for all age groups associated with non-profit organizations, corporations, healthcare, clinicians, social workers, counselors, schools, law enforcement and local community groups around the country who want to educate their communities and employees on all issues surrounding marijuana. 

Here’s how a SAM Training in your state can help. We go beyond slogans and clichés to give you a data-driven and tested approach to marijuana use and its consequences.

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OUR SPEAKERS

Dr. Kevin Sabet

SAM President and CEO

Described by NBC as the “prodigy” of drug politics and policy, Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., serves as president of SAM, which he founded with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in 2013. He has researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He has worked in the Clinton (2000), Bush (2002-2003) Administrations, and in 2011 he stepped down after serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director.

He has appeared since in hundreds of forums and discussions promoting the ideas outlined in his first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, published by Beaufort. He has also been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every major media publication and news channel on the subject of drug policy.

Dr. Sion K. Harris

Science Advisory Board Member

Dr. Sion Kim Harris is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR), an international research center that strives to be a leading source of innovative, effective strategies to prevent, identify, and treat substance-related problems in children, adolescents, and young adults. Since its inception in 1999, CeASAR has pioneered work in adolescent substance use screening and brief intervention strategies, including the development of the CRAFFT screen which has become the internationally recommended standard for adolescent substance use screening. CeASAR has conducted research in partnership with investigators worldwide including the Czech Republic, Spain, Zambia, Turkey, Brazil, Colombia. CeASAR studies also include evaluation of the effects of adolescent substance use on brain development. Dr. Harris has published nearly 70 original scientific publications, and has received numerous awards, including the Young Professional Award from the Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association, and Best Research Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. She is an advisory member of the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Resource Center and the MCHB Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network.

Luke Niforatos

Executive Vice President

Luke Niforatos serves as the Executive Vice President at SAM. Luke’s background is in nonprofit community healthcare, having helped manage Federally Qualified Health Centers and worked on health disparities.

In 2018, Luke was the campaign manager for the successful ballot campaign to defeat legalization in North Dakota and led SAM’s legislative victories in more than two dozen states. He has been featured at The Economist’s Cannabis Summit, the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and in dozens of events and town halls across the country. As a long-time resident of Colorado, Luke has a unique vantage point on the issue of sound drug policy.

Will Jones, MPA

Communications and Outreach Associate

Will Jones serves as the Communications and Community Outreach Associate at SAM. He is an experienced speaker and community activist working on issues of social justice at the local and national level. Will founded Two Is Enough D.C. in 2014 to raise awareness of the predatory marijuana commercial industry which disproportionally targets disenfranchised communities similar to Alcohol and Big Tobacco and led the campaign against marijuana legalization and commercialization in D.C.

Mr. Jones has a Master in Public Administration from GWU Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and is a husband, father, and 3rd generation Washingtonian. He also proudly serves as a DC Firefighter/EMT

Dr. A. Eden Evins

SAM Science Advisory Board Member

Dr. A. Eden Evins is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and the Addiction Research Program of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed an internship in pediatric medicine at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and her residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Harvard-Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston, where she was also chief resident. Dr. Evins conducted a fellowship in molecular biology at the Mailman Research Center of McLean Hospital and a second fellowship in clinical and translational research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a master’s degree in public health in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Evins’ research interests include development of novel pharmacologic and behavioral treatments for nicotine dependence and for prevention of relapse to nicotine and other addictive disorders in people with and without major mental illness. Her interests also include development of personalized treatment algorithms, pharmacotherapy for negative symptoms and cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia. She has authored book chapters, reviews and articles that have been published in prestigious scientific journals, such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Dr. Evins has received two career awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institute of Health (NIH), has twice received a National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award, received the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Young Investigator Award, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tobacco Control Program Young Investigator Award. She is currently funded by a NIDA career development award to mentor young scientists in patient-oriented addiction research and to continue her work in development of personalized treatments for addictive disorders, and by two NIDA R01 grants, two R21 grants and one U01 grant for the study of novel pharmacologic and behavioral treatments for addictive disorders.

Dana Stevens

SAM Director of Local Affairs/ High Means DUI

Dana serves as SAM’s Director of Local Affairs. She also oversees SAM's High Means DUI initiative which seeks to bring light to the stories of victims of marijuana-related car crashes.
She has been a public health and safety advocate most of her adult life! She cut her policy chops serving as a volunteer for the 9th District PTA (San Diego & Imperial Counties) as Vice President of Community Concerns and then Vice President of Public Health. She also served on the state PTA Legislative Committee where she learned to work state legislation.

Volunteer policy work led to professional campaign initiatives, including the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence (including the assault weapons ban, an initiative to eliminate Saturday Night Specials and to prohibit "look-a-like toy guns).

In 1994, Dana ran the San Diego County campaign organization in opposition to big tobacco's Prop 188 (to roll back California's progressive tobacco-free workplace laws). In spite of being outspent (20/1) the NO on 188 campaign trounced big tobacco with 74% of the vote.

Her work to reduce binge and underage drinking in Mexico (where the drinking age is 18) was featured on CBS News programs 60Minutes and 48-Hours as well as the Journal of the American Medical Association.

This Approach has a Proven Track Record of Success!

You get to choose the topics that best fit your organizations circumstances.

These can include:

  • Lessons learned in legalized states
  • The social costs of marijuana
  • Drugged driving
  • Mental health effects of marijuana
  • Marijuana potency and price trends in the legal and illegal markets
  • Cost to workplace and employers, and impact on employee productivity
  • Marijuana and the teen brain – and how it affects school performance
  • Cost of implementing legalization from law enforcement to regulators
  • Impact of legalization on communities of color
  • Emergency room and hospital admissions related to marijuana

Learn What to Say and How to Say It!

What messages work best? (Hint: they aren’t always what you might think they are.) Based on years of experience and professional opinion polling, SAM will teach you and your team the messages that have worked best in the field. Then, we will teach you how to effectively leverage that experience to have the greatest impact in your state!

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Gather More Partners in Your Fight for Health and Safety!

Grassroots efforts, combined with the right messages, are what wins this fight! Learn how to gather more partners for your quest to educate on marijuana and messages that can be used to influence community leaders.

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To reserve your training, please contact us

at: trainings@learnaboutsam.org