For Immediate Release
August 25, 2015
ALEXANDRIA, VA – NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, today announced a new strategic partnership to share resources and team up to help educate on the issue of marijuana. SAM, an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy, is a national group co-founded by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., and Kevin Sabet, PhD, a former policy adviser who served in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for three administrations. NAADAC and SAM will share information, expertise, and technical assistance, and work together to increase awareness of federal and state marijuana issues.
“SAM advocates for a ‘third way’ marijuana policy based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety,” said NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, “NAADAC strongly believes in the need for practical public policy in regards to marijuana legalization and use. This partnership will provide NAADAC a great opportunity to raise awareness and educate our association members and other addiction and co-occurring professionals throughout the United States on the significant public health problems and costs related to marijuana legislation and the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.”
“NAADAC is this country’s premier organization supporting addiction professionals,” remarked SAM President Kevin A. Sabet. “It is their voice – not the voice of the new Big Marijuana industry – that lawmakers should be listening to. We salute their life-saving work, and look forward to being a resource to help educate them and magnify their message in DC and elsewhere.”
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SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support. For more information, please visit www.naadac.org.
SAM is a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists, treatment and prevention professionals, and other concerned citizens who want to move beyond simplistic discussions of "incarceration versus legalization" when discussing marijuana use and instead focus on practical changes in marijuana policy that neither demonizes users nor legalizes the drug. SAM’s primary aim is to stop the nascent Big Marijuana industry, and to educate the public on the harms of marijuana use.