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Smokescreen: What the Marijuana Industry Doesn't Want You to Know by [Kevin A. Sabet, Patrick J. Kennedy]

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“I’m very proud of...Smart Approaches to Marijuana. I wish...Kevin Sabet every make sure marijuana is handled responsibly.”  -- President Jimmy Carter

“I’ve often said the fight against drug addiction begins at home. Kevin Sabet’s new book Smokescreen is the most important resource about the dangers of marijuana, impeccably researched and gripping in its scope. It’s a must-read for every American.”  -- Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey (Ret.), MSNBC Analyst; former Clinton Drug Policy Director

“Part modern-day Paul Revere, Part Ralph Nader, Kevin Sabet shows us the underbelly of the marijuana industry and remains the leading voice of sanity in today’s historic marijuana debate. America must heed his wise warnings of this reckless new industry and take up his call for accountability. The public health depends on it.”  -- Robert L. DuPont, M.D., Founding Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

“Meet the quarterback of the new anti-drug movement." ―

“Kevin Sabet is the marijuana movement's biggest threat.” ―
International Business Times --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dubbed by NBC News as the “prodigy of drug politics” and by Salon as the “quarterback of the new anti-drug movement,” author, consultant, advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, and assistant professor Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for more than 20 years. He is currently the president and CEO of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), a nonprofit organization he founded with former Representative Patrick Kennedy and David Frum. Sabet’s book Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana was published by Beaufort (Midpoint) in 2013. He is also the co-editor of Marijuana and Contemporary Health, published by Oxford University Press, and an assistant adjunct professor at Yale University.

Sabet’s work as a government advisor began in the Clinton administration as a researcher, and he was the senior speechwriter on drug policy in the Bush administration (2002–2003). He returned to government in 2009 when he was asked to assist in drafting President Obama’s
National Drug Control Strategy as a senior advisor. In 2011, he stepped down after being the only drug policy staffer to have served as a political appointee in Democrat and Republican administrations.

Sabet has since been profiled in
Politico, Crain’s Business, Salon magazine, the International Business Times, the Daily Beast, Vox, and many other publications as America’s point person on drug policy issues. He has spoken at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference, the Aspen Ideas, New Yorker, and Politicon festivals, at the Puebla Ideas Conference to debate the former presidents of Mexico and Colombia, on the Organization of American States blue ribbon commission advising hemispheric drug policy, and in hundreds of forums and discussions. 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. He has published op-eds in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other publications. Dr. Sabet’s regular blog is housed at HuffPost and two of his op-eds have earned him a “Five Best Columns” distinction by The Atlantic.

In 2013, Sabet co-founded, SAM, which advocates for a public-health-based marijuana policy. He leads an advisory group comprising the most prominent scientists in the field of marijuana research. As the director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine, he is the author of numerous monographs and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Sabet regularly advises foreign governments, several non-governmental organizations working to reduce drug abuse and its consequences, and serves in an international role as an advisor in various capacities to the United Nations and other multinational organizations.

Dr. Sabet is the winner of numerous drug policy awards, including the 2014
Nils Bejerot Award for Global Drug Prevention, given at Stockholm City Hall by the anti-drug organization chaired by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, the 2019 National Narcotics Lifetime Achievement Award, and the John P. McGovern Award for Drug Prevention given by the Institute for Behavior and Health and Robert DuPont, the founding director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Sabet received his Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Science from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar in 2007 and 2002, respectively, and his B.A. with high honors in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

During his time in Congress, Patrick J. Kennedy was the lead author of the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Federal Parity Law), which requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body. As founder of The Kennedy Forum, he now unites advocates, policymakers, and business leaders to advance evidence-based practices and policies in mental health and addiction. In 2017 he was appointed to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He currently serves as co-chair of the Action Alliance’s Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QSM8TZH
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Forefront Books (April 20, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 20, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7547 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 286 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1948677873
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An affiliate of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Medical School at Yale University, a former three-time White House drug policy advisor, and dubbed by NBC News as the “prodigy of drug politics,” author, consultant, and advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, and assistant professor, Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for 25 years. He is currently the President and CEO of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), a non-profit organization he founded with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and David Frum. His first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, was published by Beaufort (Midpoint) in 2013, and its second edition released in 2018. He is also the co-editor of Marijuana and Contemporary Health, published by Oxford University Press.

His latest book, Smokescreen: What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know, will be distributed by Simon & Schuster in April, 2021.

He has been profiled in Politico, Crain's Business, Salon Magazine, the International Business Times, The Daily Beast, Vox, and many other publications as America's point person on drug policy issues. He has spoken at the Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference, the Aspen Ideas, New Yorker, and Politicon festivals, at the Puebla Ideas Conference to debate the former presidents of Mexico and Colombia. 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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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 20, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facts that you NEED and want to know, dispelling the marijuana industry's false narrative
By Michelle L on April 20, 2021
Big Marijuana is taking over public health right under your nose, as you might smell when walking around Las Vegas or Denver. The "cannabis" industry is using the same playbook as the other Addiction for Profit industries, Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco, have done through lies, deep pocketed propaganda, and smokescreens. This book needs to be read by everyone on BOTH sides of the state and federal legalization debate, to fully understand that we are not talking about Woodstock Pot grown in your closet or passed around a circle. (ICYMI - THC in the pot of the 60s and 70s was generally 1-6% THC, and today's "flower"-the euphemism used today - contains 20-35% THC, with edibles around 55% THC, and Dab/ budder/ shatter up to 99%.)

I pre-ordered this book when I heard of its release, and when I heard that I could read an electronic version before today's 4/20/21 release date, I jumped on that opportunity to learn more. Since reading this important book, I've already bought another copy for a relative, and am planning on giving more copies away to legislators because the facts contained in Smokescreen are indisputable, and the stories shared put faces on the lives harmed by the industry in this "wild west" without strong structure around today's high-potency THC products.

I am all for harm reduction around drug use, I am not against using marijuana, but education around this drug is so important, both about the research of cannabis use, and about the industry that, as the author Kevin Sabet says, sees your brain as a dollar sign. I have been educating myself on today's marijuana since my kids entered the experimental teenage years, and thought I was pretty well-versed on the drug. But I learned so much more by reading Smokescreen about the false narrative of the industry, and the industry's smokescreen needs to be cleared up for all to know.

There are FDA-approved medical properties in cannabis, both CBD and THC, but many of the "medicinal" benefits being pushed by the industry do not have research backing. Medical Marijuana was used as a political term, not medical, in the plan to legalize marijuana, to make you think marijuana was not bad. But research proves otherwise - and much more research still needs to be done before we continue to make access to today's high-potency pot more accessible.

Important facts (and footnotes) from the book - "News most Americans don’t know:
• Today’s marijuana isn’t anything like it used to be. It can be up to 99 percent potent, and no one knows the effect this can have on the brain. (footnote 24)
• Marijuana use among youth—twelve- to seventeen-year-olds— continues to rise in states that have legalized pot. (25)
• Addiction rates have more than doubled. One in three marijuana users, according to one prominent study, meet the criteria for a “marijuana use disorder.” (26)
• Emergency poison control calls for children, from newborns to age eight, more than tripled in Colorado after legalization. (27)
• The number of car crashes involving marijuana is skyrocketing. For instance, the percentage of traffic deaths related to pot more than doubled in Washington State the year retail sales were allowed there. (28)
• Despite pronouncements to the contrary, studies show the opioid crisis in America is worsening where marijuana has been legalized. (29)
• Smoking weed by pregnant women is linked to lower birth weights in newborns. (30)
• Contrary to the "legalization of pot will reduce opioid The more you use pot, the higher the likelihood it will create other (non-marijuana) substance abuse and dependency, according to no less an authority than the National Academy of Sciences, an independent nonprofit organization comprised of the country’s leading researchers. (31)
• People in states where it’s been legalized are testing positive for marijuana at much higher rates, and a recent survey showed that 25 percent of Americans living in pot-legal states admit to having gone to work stoned.32,

And more facts to consider, disputing the "we're healthy, helpful and harmless" smokescreen shared by the industry:
- Drug dealers and the Black Market are thriving under legalization - where do you think all that extra harvested pot is going, that is too much to be sold in the dispensaries?
- Marijuana is not reversing racial inequities. For example in CO, marijuana-related arrest rates of people of color have held steady and arrest rates among African Americans are nearly double that of Caucasians. (249) In addition, 39 percent of African American marijuana-related arrests in 2017 were made without a warrant, while only 18 percent of Caucasians were arrested without one. (250)
- Only the leaves are green - the industry is NOT green, with deadly poisons appearing in legally sold products.
- There is still not a DUI test for driving under the influence of marijuana.
- Even the legal marijuana stores is a cash-only industry, since banks are federally insured and marijuana is still listed as a Level 1 drug along with heroin and LSD - providing a great money-laundering operation for the drug cartels, mafia, and large corporations involved in the business.
- There is no platform for what needs to happen around states legalizing cannabis - the industry is still operating in the Wild Wild West without a lot of law and structure.

When you read the 1-star reviews here, look for their arguments, which can't dispute these irrefutable facts. Those who don't like what this book says are here because Smokescreen truly shares what the Marijuana Industry doesn't want you to know, and lives are at stake when we don't see through the industry's smokescreen.
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