Press release from Smart Approaches to Marijuana
For Immediate Release:
July 31st, 2020
(Alexandria, Va) - Today, the House of Representatives passed a package of appropriations bills containing several giveaways to Big Marijuana, including language extending the federally illegal industry access to the U.S. financial system and shielding marijuana businesses growing, manufacturing, and selling pot candies, concentrates, and vapes from federal law enforcement.
Dr. Kevin Sabet, president and co-founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) released the following statement in response:
“Today’s pot products can be 99% pure THC. Why would we protect its manufacturers? It is disheartening to see the House bend to the demands of the marijuana industry by supporting these provisions. Numerous recent, peer-reviewed studies have made the case we should be pumping the brakes on expanding this industry, an industry thriving off of predatory marketing tactics and increasing substance misuse in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods.
“Our federal lawmakers must focus on doing everything in their power to help the country mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, not carry water for Big Pot.
“Thanks to continued action from SAM supporters nationwide and meetings with several key offices, we are confident that any language attempting to expand the normalization of this industry will not be make it through the Senate.”