New Colorado Report Shows Marijuana Harms Continue to Mount

September 18, 2019

Today, a new Colorado report compiled by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area finds marijuana-positive traffic fatalities, hospitalizations, marijuana use, and illegal market activity have exploded since marijuana legalization. “This report, coming on the heels of the Surgeon General’s health advisory on marijuana and in the midst of a marijuana vaping crisis, piles […]

MN police bracing for Medical Marijuana Program

April 21, 2015

By Jon Collins, Published: April 21, 2015 Police chiefs across the state are preparing for the launch of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program this summer. Minnesota passed one of the country’s most restrictive medical marijuana laws last year. It prohibits personally growing marijuana or smoking marijuana and can be prescribed for less than a dozen conditions. Kevin […]

A balanced approach to marijuana policy

November 28, 2014

SAM Director Kevin Sabet explains many of the dynamics figuring into the debate about marijuana legalization. 

After 5 months of sales, Colorado sees downside of legal highs

June 2, 2014

DENVER — Five months after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, the battle over legalization is still raging. Law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors and legalization opponents increasingly are highlighting a series of recent problems as cautionary lessons for other states flirting with loosening marijuana laws.

We need more accurate marijuana news

May 23, 2014

The world of marijuana is changing. And that means the world of marijuana-related news stories is also changing. With two states having legalized the drug, there is certainly a lot to write and talk about.

SAM heads to Hawaii to educate about marijuana issues

June 20, 2013

“The legalization of marijuana is moving fast in parts of the United States and it looks as though the domino effect could quickly move to other states such as Hawaii,” said former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Project SAM chairman. “We decided to bring SAM to Hawaii to spur discussions about marijuana use and misuse.”

Five errors The Washington Post should’ve caught about marijuana

June 10, 2013

SAM Co-founder Kevin Sabet, a former senior White House drug policy advisor, responds to The Washington Post’s publication of Doug Fine’s column, headlined: “Five Myths About Legalized Marijuana:” In recent years, The Washington Post has managed to strike a balance between pro- and anti-legalization opinion pieces (e.g. Rauch’s “Let’s Go Down the Aisle Toward Legalized […]

Don’t read too much into OAS report

May 17, 2013

An Organization of American States study is calling for a serious discussion about marijuana policy. The report, issued today, is a good first step, but should not be construed as an endorsement of marijuana legalization or policies outside United Nations drug control treaties, said two former top U.S. drug policy officials who served on the […]

President Carter opposes marijuana legalization, supports Project SAM

May 17, 2013

At meeting with state legislators in Atlanta, Ga., today, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said the dichotomy of “punishment versus rehabilitation” oversimplifies the issue of marijuana legalization. He said he worries about legal marijuana being marketed to kids; presumes marijuana revenues will be outweighed by the costs of abuse; and favors arrests for users that […]

Sabet debates marijuana legalization

January 29, 2013

SAM Director Kevin Sabet debates Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance on July 17, 2012 on CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello.

Prohibition’s real lessons for drug policy

January 29, 2013

Prohibition — America’s notoriously “failed social experiment” to rid the country of alcohol — took center stage this week as PBS broadcast Ken Burns’ highly acclaimed series on the subject. And already, it has been seized on by drug legalization advocates, who say it proves that drug prohibition should be abandoned. But a closer look […]

End of the war, but not the fight, against drugs

January 29, 2013

When discussing drug policies and their enforcement, the war analogy is not a particularly useful one.

Marijuana debate isn’t just legalization vs. incarceration

January 28, 2013

Project SAM directors Patrick Kennedy and Kevin Sabet wrote this column, published Jan. 12, 2013 in The Denver Post.

MSNBC: “Up with Chris Hayes”

January 28, 2013

Project SAM Director Kevin Sabet recently discussed marijuana in a roundtable discussion you don’t want to miss.

A response to Steven Chapman of the Chicago Tribune

January 24, 2013

This column by Project SAM director Kevin Sabet appeared in The Huffington Post Jan. 24.

Tired of the loaded language? So are we.

January 18, 2013

Two members of SAM’s board of directors, Kevin Sabet and David Frum, have been named “legalization’s biggest enemies” by Rolling Stone.

Pot opponents regroup after Washington, Colorado votes

January 10, 2013

Today, the Associated Press reported on the launch of Project SAM, and here are a few passages and quotes that help tell our story:

Kennedy on marijuana: ‘Destroys the brain and expedites psychosis’

January 8, 2013

Project SAM Chairman Patrick Kennedy recently spoke with The Washington Post. As the news organization noted Jan. 8:

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy leads campaign against legal pot

January 5, 2013

As Alex Dobuzinskis of Reuters reports today in the first news story about Project SAM:

Frum: The perils of legalizing pot

January 5, 2013

We’re not doing well providing work for our young people. When they do find work, they’ll probably earn less than their parents, probably form less stable intimate relationships, and age into more uncertain retirements. But, hey, don’t say we do nothing for our kids. Instead of work, marriage, and security, we can offer pot, porn, […]

Legalize pot? No, reform laws

November 20, 2012

On Election Day, marijuana enthusiasts rejoiced as Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. (Ballot initiatives in Oregon and a medical initiative in Arkansas did not fare so well.) From the federal government’s perspective, however, marijuana remains illegal. It is anyone’s guess what the Obama administration’s next move will be, but it is important to understand that […]

Neither legalization nor incarceration

November 2, 2012

Tomorrow, voters in three states will decide whether marijuana should be legal. For some people, even those in recovery, marijuana use presents a net benefit in society. They believe others can enjoy a joint once in a while without suffering significant consequences. For others, marijuana represents a serious health and social problem. I was senior […]