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