The Cost of Implementing Legalization of Marijuana

5th Annual Prevention Conference 

The Cost of Implementing Legalization of Marijuana: Health, Safety and Social Concerns

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., President and CEO, Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Friday, April 5, 2019

Putnam Hospital Center, Wagner Cancer Pavilion, 670 Stoneleigh Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512

 Dr. Kevin Sabet will present the latest developments over the battle to legalize marijuana, and will review the latest science about the drug. An overview of current drug policy trends in the United States will be provided, and some of the most cited myths about marijuana use, such as, “marijuana is harmless and non-addictive”, and “legalization will solve the government’s budgetary problems”, will be debunked. Dr. Sabet makes the claim that our greatest concern should be the inevitable rise of a second “Big Tobacco” industry”, this time marketing marijuana to our children and youth. He will refer to the documented issues and arising problems in Colorado and Washington State as examples. His presentation concludes with an overview of our policy options, describing a smarter, science-based approach to marijuana policy that neither legalizes marijuana nor demonizes its users. You will hear more about marijuana, marijuana policy, the health effects of the drug, and the current political landscape in this presentation, than you likely ever have.


  • Participants will understand the state of the science with regards to marijuana. They will understand the differences between non-smoked components of marijuana for medicinal purposes, smoked marijuana for recreational use, different components (eg CBD, THC), and how medical marijuana has worked in various U.S. states until now.
  • Participants will be conversant in the differences between scheduling and policy with regards to marijuana. Participants will also be able to discuss pressing issues related to marijuana policy in the US. They will be able to examine and give an overview about the current debate about legalization.
  • Participants will also understand what data monitoring systems are in place both nationally and in individual states to track progress and consequences of the changing marijuana policy landscape. Finally, participants will understand what the various medical associations are saying about the evidence surrounding marijuana.

8:15 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10 – 12:10 The Cost of Implementing Legalization of Marijuana: Health, Safety and Social Concerns

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., President and CEO, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

12:10 – 12:15 Evaluations and Certificates

OASAS CASAC Renewal hours pending. OASAS CPP/CPS Initial & Renewal hours pending. 

Registration fee is $25 (includes continental breakfast). To receive a certificate, participants must arrive on time and attend the entire conference. No certificates for partial attendance will be given. For more information, contact the Prevention Council of Putnam at (845) 225-4646. Seating is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required. 


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