In Reefer Sanity, Dr. Kevin Sabet considers the consequences of marijuana legalization. He uses a plethora of research – drawn from his almost two decades of work and policymaking in this area – to argue that the United States should not legalize marijuana with all of its attendant social costs, nor damage the future of marijuana smokers by prosecuting and jailing them. Rather, he contends we should shift our emphasis to education about the newly revealed health dangers of marijuana use, as well as focus on intervention and treatment. In short, he argues for trying these evidence-based reforms first.
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. has over 18 years of experience working on drug policy. He is the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sabet is also a consultant to numerous domestic and international organizations. He recently served as the only non-medical doctor on the writing committee establishing the official position on marijuana legalization for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). From 2009-2011, Dr. Sabet served in the White House as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Representing his non-partisan commitment to drug policy, he previously worked on research, policy and speech-writing at ONDCP in 2000 and from 2003-2004 in the Clinton and Bush Administrations, respectively.
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Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.
Charles "Cully" Stimson
Manager, National Security Law Program and Senior Legal Fellow