Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, and Co-Founder, Project SAM
• President’s Address, Project SAM Summit
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 9:00 am
Author, consultant, advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, and assistant professor, Dr. Kevin Sabet, PhD, has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. In 2011 he stepped down after serving more than two years as the Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama’s drug control director, having been the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in both a Democrat and a 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. In 2013, he co-founded, with former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), which advocates for a public health based marijuana policy. He is also the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine.