The False Dichotomy of Legalization and Criminalization

Is marijuana the next Big Tobacco? Dr. Sabet will go through the latest developments over the battle to legalize marijuana and will review the latest science about the drug – highlighting why science and policy are often disconnected. Dr. Sabet makes the claim that our greatest concern about the recent wave of marijuana legalization should be the inevitable rise of a second Big Tobacco industry.

View YouTube Video here.

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for more than 20 years. In 2013, he co-founded a non-profit organization, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and David Frum, which advocates for a public health based marijuana policy. He is currently the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and the President of SAM. His book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, was published by Beaufort (Midpoint) in 2013 and will be released in its second edition at the end of 2017.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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