Kevin in NYT: Pot Just “A Gateway to Profits”

January 10, 2015

SAM co-founder Kevin Sabet has penned an opinion piece for In this age of endless smoking bans, Americans have forced Joe Camel into retirement, relegating his candy cigarettes, sports sponsorships and false health claims to the history books. Even still, almost a quarter of Americans smoke monthly, killing more than 400,000 people a year. […]

Colorado SAM, doctors call on Denver Post and Leafly to end unfounded medical claims

August 9, 2014

“Green Crack” marijuana can treat depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD according to The Denver Post’s marijuana website, The Cannabist. Green Crack marijuana is just one of more than 90 marijuana strains listed with medical recommendations for treating mental health issues that are provided by Lealfy, the same company that became the New York Times’ […]

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.

Statement on Sanjay Gupta and CNN coverage of marijuana

August 9, 2013

Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), an alliance of organizations and individuals, including medical professionals from Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital Boston, University of Colorado, University of Kansas, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and leaders from other major public health groups, released a statement, through SAM Director Dr. Kevin Sabet, about CNN’s Sanjay Gupta’s […]

WA affiliate champions smarter approaches

July 8, 2013

In line with recent calls for Washington to “get it right” and for “strict controls” on the state’s new marijuana marketplace, the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WSAVP) recommends the implementation of policies to prevent youth marijuana use and promote healthy communities.

Kennedy criticized for trying to keep marijuana illegal

January 28, 2013

On Jan. 9, 2013, the Boston Globe reported: “Kennedy’s group, called Smart Approaches to Marijuana — which is also led by a top pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston and a Cambridge-based drug policy expert — is warning of a public health crisis unless a science-based approach is taken to minimizing the harmful consequences of marijuana […]

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.

Patrick Kennedy: Marijuana industry will be the next tobacco industry

January 24, 2013

Project SAM Chairman Patrick Kennedy told MSNBC that the United States needs to halt efforts to legalize marijuana:

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.

Kennedy kicks off anti-marijuana effort in Colorado

January 11, 2013

As The Daily Caller reported Jan. 11, 2013: “Kennedy also discussed his family’s struggles with alcoholism and his own addiction to Oxycontin, using the story to illustrate the danger he sees in lessening marijuana’s historical stigma as a very dangerous drug.

Patrick Kennedy sees ‘mad rush’ to legalize marijuana

January 11, 2013

As the Washington Times reported Jan. 11, 2013: “What I want is to slow this train down and kind of begin a discussion before other states rush to judgment, which is what I think happened here,” Patrick Kennedy said (during the formal launch of Project SAM at The Denver Press Club).

Patrick Kennedy’s unexpected challenge to marijuana legalization

January 11, 2013

Ed Gogek, a self-described “lifelong partisan Democrat” and physician who serves on the board of Keep AZ Drug Free, published an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that his party should not embrace legalization. Democrats have long pilloried Republicans for ignoring science, he wrote, but they’ve done just that when it comes to marijuana: […]

Former addict Democrat Patrick Kennedy joins opponents of legalizing marijuana in the U.S.

January 11, 2013

As the reported Jan. 11, 2013: “Former Rhode Island Congressman and recovering addict Patrick Kennedy is spearheading the fight against the legalization of marijuana in the United States through his new nonprofit organization, ‘Smart Approaches to Marijuana.’”

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:

Frum on CNN: Marijuana too risky a choice

January 7, 2013

Last week, I joined the board of a new organization to oppose marijuana legalization: Smart Approaches to Marijuana. The group is headed by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and includes Kevin Sabet, a veteran of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama. The new group rejects the “war on drugs” model. It […]

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: