Upcoming Events

Be sure to join Dr. Kevin Sabet, SAM President and author of "Smokescreen: What The Marijuana Industry Doesn't Want You To Know," today at 1:00 PM Eastern as he interviews Sally Schindel, who shared the tragic story of her son's devastating marijuana addiction in "Smokescreen."

 

The Facebook Live event will take place today at 1:00 PM Eastern.

Latest Developments

Senate Drug Caucus Recommends Further Research On THC Potency Limits & Drugged Driving

 

A comprehensive report compiled by the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control outlined the latest research on marijuana use and mental health and highlighted issues related to the explosive growth in THC potency and marijuana-impaired driving.

 

"It's refreshing to see a committee of the United States Senate recognize the reality that both today's highly potent pot and the industry profiting from its proliferation deserve much higher levels of scrutiny than it has received," said Dr. Kevin Sabet. "We need to establish a much greater level of understanding of today's marijuana vapes and other forms of high potency products that are increasingly popular among young people in 'legal' states, and we absolutely need more voices to join the chorus of those calling for the implementation of THC potency caps."

 

Effort to Install Potency Caps Gains Traction Nationwide 

 

Last year, Vermont set an enormous precedent for public health and safety advocates to build off of when they implemented a cap on the potency of THC in marijuana available in the state's commercial market.

 

Since then, legislation implementing potency caps has been introduced in Washington, Florida, and even Colorado. Notably, just this weekend, potency caps were endorsed by The Denver Post Editorial Board. 

 

As you may already know, high potency marijuana has been linked to a greater risk of addiction and an overwhelming body of recent research has also shown it to be associated with severe harms to mental health.

 

See the links below for some pieces explaining the need for caps on THC potency: 

 

 Editorial: Colorado should restrict the potency of marijuana concentrates, keep them away from teens - The Denver Post

 

Follow Vermont's lead, put a cap on pot potency

- Colorado Springs Gazette

 

Don't ignore science on cannabis concentrates' potency - The Everett Herald

 

New York Coalition Holds Press Conference Opposing Marijuana Commercialization Effort

 

 

A coalition of experts on drug policy, medical professionals, prevention workers, law enforcement, and education advocates held a virtual press conference outlining their opposition to the effort to legalize marijuana in NYS.

 

Click here to view a recording of the press conference.

 

Quotes from Speakers:

 

Dr. Thomas Madejski, Past President of MSSNY and Member of the Board of Trustees of the AMA:

 

"Cannabis use has been an ongoing discussion among the American Medical Association (AMA) and Medical Society of the state of New York (MSSNY). The AMA has affirmed a statement that cannabis is a dangerous drug, use should be discouraged, and adult-use should not be legalized. This is a powerful drug, and to create an industry that promotes this drug is legislative malpractice. The AMA opposes the legalization of marijuana. We need to say no to the addiction industry."

 

Avery Anderson a representative of the Yonkers Community Action Program:

 

"It is my duty to be a voice and an advocate for youth in our state, and as such, I say no, we should not legalize marijuana in New York. We do not need any legalization of negative reinforcements of our already struggling minority communities. The legalization of marijuana is consent to lose our hope and our future. This is not a plea to take rights, but instead, it is a plea to save lives."

 

Marinés Rodriguez, Regional Field Director for SAM New York:

 

"I was born and raised in the Bronx in the 80s and have seen one drug after the next ravage my community. If we introduce yet another drug, it will not help communities like mine. Our communities lack the resources to deal with current levels of substance abuse, we cannot afford yet another drug - especially one that is essentially being endorsed by the state government."


 

Both houses of the VA Legislature recently agreed to a finalized version of the bill to commercialize marijuana. If signed into law, Virginia will become only the third state in the nation to commercialize marijuana via the legislative process. Our statement on this development: 

 

SAM Webinars

Please join SAM President Dr. Kevin Sabet for the upcoming free webinar:

 

"Smokescreen: What The Marijuana Industry Doesn't Want You To Know" 

 

Date: Friday, March 19th at 1:00 PM Eastern

 

Click the Ticket Below to Register Now!

This webinar is a preview of Dr. Kevin Sabet's newest book, outlining a remarkable and shocking exposé about how 21st-century pot-today's new and highly potent form of the drug-is on the rise, spreading rapidly across America by an industry intent on putting rising profits over public health.

 

"Smokescreen, What the Marijuana Industry Doesn't Want You To Know" by Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, will be available on April 20, 2021. 

 

Click the image below to preorder "Smokescreen" now:

 

 

Register today for the 8th Annual 2021 Virtual SAM Summit!

 

The Virtual SAM Summit, being held again alongside the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, is the perfect place to get cutting-edge information about the effects of marijuana and normalization on society.

 

Topics to be covered include: 

  • Lessons Learned in Legalized States
  • Social Justice Issues Related to Marijuana
  • How Marijuana Affects Parents
  • Testimony from Pot Industry Whistleblowers

To learn more about the state of play when it comes to marijuana science, education, and policy, learn from the experts on what the data are showing, and hear more about how you can get involved, register for the Virtual SAM Summit today!

New Study: Marijuana Legalization Associated with Increased Youth Use in California

 

According to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, youth who live in California may be more likely to use marijuana since the implementation of marijuana legalization in 2016. The study looked at data from more than three million 7th, 9th, and 11th graders and found significant increases in lifetime and past-month marijuana use among almost all demographics. 

 

Researchers concluded that the increases in marijuana use among youth were attributed to legalization and that these policies could make it easier for young people to obtain the drug. For that reason, the researchers stated that states that have legalized marijuana must implement stricter regulations to control the availability of marijuana to young people and invest in stronger prevention programs.

Op-Ed Corner

 

  

The Weed Lobby is Using Big Tobacco's Playbook

 

In his latest monthly column for Newsweek, Dr. Kevin Sabet lays out the history of Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol's strategy of lobbying against the interest of public health and explains how they are using the same tactics to promote marijuana commercialization.