Understanding Marijuana

At the local, state, Tribal and federal levels, SAM seeks to align marijuana policy and attitudes about the drug with 21st-century science, which continues to show how marijuana use harms the mind and body.

We also seek to expand awareness about an ever-growing marijuana industry that will stop at nothing to increase addiction – and its profits.

SAM works to bridge the gap between the public’s understanding of marijuana and science’s understanding of marijuana.

We are people from across the political spectrum. We are professionals working in mental health and public health. We are bipartisan. We are medical doctors, lawmakers, treatment providers, preventionists, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who seek a middle road between incarceration and legalization. And we all have come to the same conclusion: marijuana should not be legalized, and thus commercialized.

SAM’s experts and supporters are advocating for a fresh approach that neither legalizes, nor demonizes, marijuana.

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Our Four Pillars


To inform public policy with the science of today’s marijuana.


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 have honest conversation about legal reforms that include reducing the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.


To promote research on marijuana in order to obtain FDA-approved, pharmacy-dispensed, cannabis-based medications.