Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Monday, December 28, 2015

SAM Prez provides Top 10 accounting of marijuana reform difficulties in 2015

Kevin Sabet, the President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), has this notable new Huffington Post commentary headlined "Top 10 Anti-Marijuana Legalization Policy Victories of 2015." Here is how it starts and ends and the headings in-between:

2015 will be remembered as the year legalization hit bumps most supporters never anticipated. For pro-health advocates that oppose marijuana legalization, it was a year of fantastic victories! Here are the top 10:

10. Big Marijuana is Real -- and People are Writing About It....

9. Continuing Positive Press Coverage of Groups Opposing Legalization....

8. Several States Resisted Full-Blown Legalization....

7. Lawyering Up....

6. Marijuana Stores Banned in California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Michigan, and Elsewhere.

5. Legalizers Made No Gains in Congress This Year....

4. Continued Support from ONDCP, DEA, and NIDA....

3. Real Progress on Researching the Medical Components of Marijuana....

2. No States Legalized "Medical" Marijuana in 2015....

1. Ohio!...

Despite the nonstop talking point of "inevitability," we know that the 8% of Americans who use pot don't speak for 92% of Americans that don't want to see Big Tobacco 2.0, don't want to worry about another drug impairing drivers on the road, and don't want to think about keeping things like innocuous-looking "pot gummy bears" away from their kids.  We know that the pot lobby will work hard for things like not only full-blown legalization in several more states next year, but also things like on-site pot smoking "bars" (they are really proposing these in Alaska and Colorado as we speak) and an expansion of pot edibles.

In 2016, let's nip Big Marijuana in the bud.

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Comments

For some time I’ve been pondering this question: Does Kevin Sabet really believe the nonsense he puts out, or is he just a clever and somewhat unscrupulous businessman who sees that there is a market for well-articulated anti-marijuana nonsense.

Posted by: Richard Kennedy | Dec 29, 2015 7:11:20 PM

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