Co-Founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and Former US Representative (D-RI)
Con to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
"[W]e should also recognize legalization for what it is: the large-scale commercialization and marketing of an addictive — and therefore highly profitable—substance...
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, fatal crashes in Washington state involving drivers who had recently used marijuana more than doubled after legalization. Colorado has seen similar increases. In states that have legalized, youth marijuana use now exceeds the national average, the black market continues to thrive and employers struggle with more drug-impaired workers than before pot was legalized.
More heavy users of marijuana are reporting to drug treatment, and there have been more school infractions among kids caught with pot. Worse still, the only statistically representative national survey on marijuana use found last year that Colorado is the No. 1 state for youth marijuana use in the country.
Without action, the marijuana industry is poised to become the next Big Tobacco — a profit-hungry special-interest group looking after profits, not public health. We need to acknowledge that marijuana comes with its own set of health risks, including a strong link to psychosis and schizophrenia, memory loss and low academic achievement."
Cowritten with Kevin Sabet, "Don't Let Big Marijuana Prioritize Profits over Public Safety," washingtonpost.com, Mar. 8, 2017
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to marijuana or drug policy. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drug, crime, or public health issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Board Member, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Board Member, Best Buddies
Board Member, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Board Member, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Member, President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, 2017
Founder, the Kennedy Forum, 2013
Co-Founder, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), 2013