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Kevin Sabet

Two Is Not Enough: Why the Campaign Against D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Failed So Badly

Sam Tracy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Prohibition and the modern Drug War, banning these drugs causes many more problems than it solves. Once people consider marijuana laws through the lens of tobacco and alcohol policy, it's obvious that when it comes to drugs that are regulated instead of criminalized, two is not enough.

Oregon Anti-Pot Campaign Head Used Gov't Job to Enrich Anti-Pot Crusader

Russ Belville | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Now I have emails from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) that show the turmoil within the bureaucracy this August once their public grant money shenanigans were exposed.

Oregon Drug Summit "Intentionally Planned" Around Marijuana Legalization

Russ Belville | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

Thanks to a recent Open Records Request, we find emails to Jefferson County DA Steven LeRiche that prove that tour organizers hold these summits to attack legalization on the ballot.

Tim Morgan: The Man Behind the Man Behind the Fight for Medical Marijuana in Florida

Gary Stein | Posted 11.19.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

John Morgan, the face of Morgan & Morgan, one of the largest law firms in the country, is often portrayed as larger than life.

US Rep Calls For Fed Investigation Over Anti-Pot Initiative Campaign

Russ Belville | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has called on the directors of the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration to investigate allegations of illegal use of public taxpayer funds to influence Oregon's upcoming vote on marijuana legalization, known as Measure 91.

Matt Ferner

Obama Won't Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Said He Should

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

The White House has responded to New York Times editorials this week supporting marijuana legalization, saying ending U.S. pot prohibition isn't the "...

Kevin Sabet's Marijuana Math Doesn't Add Up

Russ Belville | Posted 09.16.2014 | Denver
Russ Belville

Marijuana ain't alcohol or tobacco. But suppose it was.  Colorado has reportedly raked in about $25 million in taxes, licenses and fees.  Does anyone seriously claim there has been a quarter billion dollars in social costs in Colorado as a result?  That's greater than the annual cost of all high-rise fires in America.

Heroes, Zeroes and Shills Battle in the Medical Marijuana Debate

Gary Stein | Posted 05.07.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Reason and emotion are the two drivers of decision-making, so it is not surprising that advocates for and against medical marijuana try to appeal to both the head and the heart.

Legally Blind: Why I'm Against Legalizing Marijuana

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

We're not fighting to prevent people from receiving the medical help they desperately need. We're fighting for the emotional well-being of our children.

Marijuana Opinion Polling: Be Cautious Amidst the Hype

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

People's image of marijuana legalization, however, is not consistent with this new corporate reality. Folks are still stuck in the 1970s -- they think of peace loving, drum playing, harmless pot smokers who just want to light up without the hassle of the law.

An Apology to Kevin Sabet Over a Meaningless Marijuana Statistic

Russ Belville | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Russ Belville

Kevin Sabet asked for an apology over my recent post, "Project SAM's Kevin Sabet Claims 39% Washington Teens Use Dispensary Pot, Reality is 9.4%." So here it is: Kevin, I apologize for questioning the means by which you came up with a completely irrelevant statistic.

Leaders Meet to Discuss How to Legalize Pot

Sue Rusche | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Sue Rusche

Seven times more Americans age 12 and older use alcohol than marijuana. If legalization states don't draw up regulations that are tougher than those regulating alcohol and tobacco, we can expect to see huge increases in marijuana use, especially among children. They have a daunting task.

Project SAM's Kevin Sabet Claims 39% Washington Teens Use Dispensary Pot, Reality is 9.4%

Russ Belville | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Russ Belville

Two out of five high school students statewide are getting their pot from dispensaries? That's shocking! So shocking I had to look it up for myself...

The Top Five New Sound Bites of Kinder, Gentler Drug Warriors

Russ Belville | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Russ Belville

Have you seen the headlines? Or heard them on my live weekday show on 420RADIO at 3 p.m. Pacific Time (shameless plugs are the salary for a HuffPo wri...

Kevin Sabet's 'Learn About SAM' Would Force All Marijuana Users Into Rehab

Russ Belville | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Russ Belville

This is Sabet's latest attempt to paint criticism of the war on drugs. It is his Goldilocks-and-the-Three-Bears triangulation of the war on drugs as "too hard," the legalization of marijuana as "too soft," and the emphasis on treatment and prevention as "just right."

A Response to Kevin Sabet's 'A Response to Steven Chapman's 'The War On Pot: Not a Safe Bet''

Russ Belville | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Russ Belville

Given what marijuana's prohibition has done to the people I know and love, I'm being damn polite to the people who argue to maintain marijuana prohibition.

Legal Weed Foes Say Pot Is 'Injurious To The Mind'

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Denver

By Alex Dobuzinskis Jan 23 (Reuters) - With U.S. backers of legalized marijuana emboldened by victories in two states during the Novem...

SAM Tried to Make Us Go to Rehab, We Said No, No, No

Russ Belville | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Russ Belville

SAM stands for "Smart Approaches to Marijuana" and it represents a radical shift in tactics by those who seek to maintain marijuana prohibition. (I like to call it "Project SAMUEL" -- Smart Approaches to Marijuana Use... Except Legalization.)

Pot Opponents Regroup From Major Setbacks

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

SEATTLE — Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug policy adviser and an outspoken opponent of legalizing marijuana, watched with dismay last fall...

Dr. Kevin Sabet's Anti-Marijuana Legalization Arguments Debunked

Russ Belville | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Russ Belville

Dr. Sabet says legalization of marijuana would increase abuse, thereby increasing arrests, thereby leading to more costs.

Dr. Kevin Sabet's Kinder Gentler Drug War

Russ Belville | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Russ Belville

Dr. Kevin Sabet, an Oxford-educated Ph.D., seriously believes we can reduce supply of a weed that grows everywhere outside the Arctic/Antarctic circle? Can we please put dandelions and crabgrass in Schedule I, too?