Kevin A. Sabet, PhD.
President & CEO
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM, Inc.)
Described by NBC as the “prodigy” of drug politics and policy, Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, is an author, consultant, former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, assistant professor, and serves as the President and CEO of SAM, which he founded with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in 2013. He has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He has worked in the Clinton (2000), Bush (2002-2003) Administrations, and in 2011 he stepped down after serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director, having been the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration.
He has appeared since at the Aspen Ideas and New Yorker festivals, on the Organization of American States blue ribbon commission advising hemispheric drug policy, and in hundreds of forums and discussions promoting the ideas outlined in his first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, published by Beaufort. He has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every major media publication and news channel on the subject of drug policy.
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DAY 2 AM WORKSHOP
Smokescreen: What The Marijuana Industry Doesn't Want You To Know
This presentation will focus on 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.
Kevin will examine the inside story behind the headlines, containing accounts from his time in the Obama administration to stunning revelations from whistleblowers speaking out for the first time. What it finds is how the marijuana industry is running rampant without proper oversight, leaving Americans’ health seriously at risk. Sabet’s Smokescreen lays bare the unvarnished truth about marijuana in America.
Participants will learn how power brokers worked behind the scenes to market marijuana as a miracle plant to help it gain widespread acceptance and to set the stage for the lucrative expansion of recreational pot.
Review tragic stories of those who have suffered and died as a result of marijuana use, and in many cases, as a result of its mischaracterization.
Hear how a major underground-market dealer who admits that legalization is hastening the growth of the illicit drug trade.
This workshop is approved for 1-hour Renewal Credit/CEU for: IC&RC/NJ-AP Certification Board | NAADAC | DOE | NASW-NJ [General Credit]