Register for 6th Annual We Are The Majority Rally

It’s that time of year again — time for youth from all over the state of Ohio to rally together and take pride in the fact that a majority of youth are not abusing substances and are leading the way in mental health wellness.

Most of you are aware of the reputation surrounding April 20th. Given what’s going on with marijuana legalization and teen use, it’s time the Majority takes a stand. We are taking this day back. April 20th needs to resemble a day that youth all over the state can take pride in living healthy, positive lives.

April 20, 2017 we are hosting the 6th annual We Are The Majority rally, open to all of Ohio’s youth. Each year we shut down the streets of downtown Columbus, march to the Statehouse, and make our voice and our mission heard. Join us at the rally and on social media by using #WATMtakes420 and placing substance free activities you would rather take part in after #weedrather.

All of Ohio’s middle and high school students are invited to attend, the event is free to them and their adult leaders, and travel stipends are available! Students who attend will receive free WATM T-shirts.

Register Today!

2017 Issue Briefs For States Available

A new publication is now available from the Healthy Alcohol Marketplace website,

This publication, “2017 Issue Briefs for States, Brief Explanations  of Common Alcohol Regulatory Issues”, is a package of simple briefs that address common issues about alcohol regulation.  It is designed for community leaders, elected officials and other policy-makers who need a short, straightforward explanation of a given issue.

Each brief is designed to stand alone.  A Table of Contents gives you a quick list of the topics, most of which are phrased as a question.  Please feel free to download and copy any part of the document.  If you copy just part of the document, we would appreciate an attribution to If you wish to modify one or more of the briefs, please contact the author, Pamela S. Erickson, and she will attempt to accommodate your needs.  She can be reached at  Further information can be found at

A pdf is available at 

Ohio’s Tony Coder Joins SAM

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) today announced the addition of Tony Coder (Director of State and Local Affairs).

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“I’m thrilled to gain new team members that bring the passion and expertise necessary to make inroads against the next profit-hungry, addictive industry – Big Marijuana – in 2017 and the years to come.” said SAM President and CEO Kevin A. Sabet.

Director of State and Local Affairs Tony Coder comes to SAM from the Drug Free Action Alliance where he was the policy director for behavioral health issues for the agency. He was appointed to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee in 2016 by Governor John Kasich. In 2015, Coder led the grassroots organizational efforts against the marijuana legalization initiative in Ohio, which was soundly defeated by a 64-36 margin. Previously, he worked as the Project Director for Ohio’s First Lady Hope Taft on drug prevention issues and also served as the Legislative Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services where he was the chief lobbyist for the agency under Governor Ted Strickland. Coder will be the main liaison to SAM’s more than three-dozen affiliates and the central contact for all state and local campaigns related to marijuana policy. 

Marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes and youth marijuana use. These states have seen a black market that continues to thrive, sustained marijuana arrest rates, and a consistent rise in alcohol sales. 

SAM is always recruiting new talent – for more details or to submit your resume, please email To support SAM’s efforts and help us grow in the coming years, click here .