Kevin Sabet

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Kevin Abraham Sabet
Born1979
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
ResidenceWashington, DC and Cambridge, MA
NationalityU.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Oxford University
Doctoral advisorGeorge Smith
Other academic advisorsBruce Cain
William "Sandy" Muir
InfluencesDavid F. Musto Robert L. DuPont
Notable awardsMarshall Scholarship
 
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Kevin Abraham Sabet
Born1979
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
ResidenceWashington, DC and Cambridge, MA
NationalityU.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Oxford University
Doctoral advisorGeorge Smith
Other academic advisorsBruce Cain
William "Sandy" Muir
InfluencesDavid F. Musto Robert L. DuPont
Notable awardsMarshall Scholarship

Kevin A. Sabet (born February 20, 1979) is an assistant professor of psychiatry, Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, a consultant, advocate and a writer. With Patrick J. Kennedy, he founded Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) in January 2013.[1] In February of 2013, Salon Magazine referred to Kevin as "the quarterback of the new anti-drug movement." [2]

Education and career[edit]

Sabet is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Oxford University, where he received his Doctorate in social policy as a Marshall Scholar. He served as Senior Adviser for Policy to White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director R. Gil Kerlikowske from 2009-2011.[3] He was a political appointee employee in the Administration of Barack Obama (2009–2011) and he also served as a political appointee for a short time in the Administration of George W. Bush (2003–2004) - making him the only political appointee at ONDCP to serve in both Administrations. He also worked as a policy researcher at ONDCP during the Administration of Bill Clinton. He is an outspoken opponent of drug legalization, and has spoken on behalf of the Obama Administration on the subject.[4] In January 2013, Rolling Stone called him "Legalization Enemy #1" ahead of the US Drug Czar and the DEA Administrator.[5]

Currently, he Directs the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and is President of a drug policy consulting company, Policy Solutions Lab, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a regular contributor to TV and print media [6] and is a blogger for the Huffington Post.[7]

Sabet is highly controversial, often accused of making inflammatory, biased, and unsupported statements in his crusade to keep marijuana illegal. Examples include repeated assertions that marijuana "addicts 1 in 6 kids" and "contributes to 375,000 emergency room visits" per year. It is noted that he has a personal financial interest in perpetuating his theories, such as promoting his anti-marijuana book on his website, and the speaking and consulting fees he receives. His appointment as assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida is under scrutiny by groups opposed to Sabet, such as Alnernet.org, who note he has no education, no experience, no credentials, and no background in psychiatry.[8]

Drug Policy Field[edit]

Sabet first received notice in California when at age 15, he publicly blasted the conservative-libertarian wing of the Orange County school board for refusing to accept federal dollars for after school anti-drug programs aimed at underprivileged students. Soon, Sabet drew national attention for his anti-drug work. By age 19 had worked with NIDA Director Alan Leshner on MDMA education efforts,[9] and by age 20 he had testimony entered on the official House record.[10]

He has written on the need for prevention, treatment, and enforcement to guide drug policy, though he has also argued for abolishing severe sentencing guidelines, like mandatory minimum laws.[11] His articles have been published in newspapers such as the Washington Post, the New York Times (an op-ed by Sabet on January 2, 2012 was one of the only nonlegalization drug policy pieces the Times has run in the past decade),[12] the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Vancouver Sun, and the Seattle Times, and in numerous books and academic journals. He has received the "Best Five Columns" distinction twice from The Atlantic.

Personal[edit]

He was married in 2008 to Shahrzad Sabet. Their wedding was featured in Real Weddings magazine.[13] He is a former junior competitive tennis player in Southern California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.learnaboutsam.org
  2. ^ http://www.salon.com/2013/02/13/meet_the_quarterback_of_the_new_anti_drug_movement/
  3. ^ http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-sabet-prohibition-20111005,0,4074800.story
  4. ^ http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_21fcbb0a-c831-11df-ad35-001cc4c03286.html
  5. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/legalizations-biggest-enemies-20130117
  6. ^ http://kevinsabet.com/category/media
  7. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-a-sabet-phd
  8. ^ http://www.alternet.org/drugs/5-biggest-lies-anti-pot-propagandist-kevin-sabet
  9. ^ http://www.drugabuse.gov/Meetings/ClubSat.html
  10. ^ http://www.drugsense.org/fdch.htm
  11. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/01/AR2006120101324.html
  12. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/02/opinion/drug-policy-needs-centrists.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
  13. ^ http://blog.realweddings.ca/a-moveable-feast/

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