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Anti-Legalization Group Calls For Medical Marijuana Research Overhaul | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

In a groundbreaking move for a group of its kind, a leading organization opposed to marijuana legalization released a report Thursday that seeks a maj...

Anti-Pot Group Excitedly Rushes To Fundraise Off 3-Year Old Obama Quote | Jacob Sullum | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

This morning I received a fundraising appeal from the anti-pot group Project SAM that opens with "huge news!" Apparently "the President just stated, p...

If NORML Doesn't Fight Workplace Urine Testing for Legal Pot, Who Will?

Russ Belville | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

It's 2014. We've got 58 percent public support. It's time to shift from "prohibition is bad" to "responsible marijuana use is normal." Please, NORML, don't let us down.

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...

Jimmy Carter Flips On Push For Legal Pot

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Mere months after suggesting he was OK with moves by Colorado and Washington state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, former President Jimmy ...

Denver Rehab Businessman Fears Kids Will Inject Marijuana

Russ Belville | Posted 07.13.2013 | Denver
Russ Belville

When you battle drug prohibitionists long enough you're bound to read some crazy things.

Marijuana Blamed for Dzhokhar's Alleged Boston Bombings

Russ Belville | Posted 06.20.2013 | Crime
Russ Belville

Let's see, there are 26.1 million annual tokers, 17 million monthly tokers, and 2 million daily tokers in America. Two of them are alleged terrorists. That's literally, at best, a one-in-a-million risk.

Medical Marijuana Is Far From Medicine

Ron Nehring | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Ron Nehring

Smoked cannabis, it turns out, is not medicine. We don't need to derive whatever therapeutic benefit it might have by smoking it any more than we need to smoke opium to get the effect of morphine.

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...

The Real Skinny on SAM: A Response to Maia Szalavitz

Ben Cort | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Ben Cort

Drug policy is nuanced. It's complicated. And while one might be against legalization -- like we at Smart Approaches to Marijuana are -- that does not mean we want to see users rot in prison.

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.)