Ten Reasons to Vote Against Medical Marijuana in Florida
Kevin Sabet is not one of the more than 70 percent of Floridians who want Amendment 2 to pass in November.
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Sabet -- director of the drug policy institute at the University of Florida and a professor at the college of medicine there too -- is one of the few experts who's been outspoken in opposition to the medical marijuana movement. Originally from California, he witnessed the effects of legalization there and claims it's one of the reasons he's so passionately against medical marijuana. He's worked in the Obama, Bush, and Clinton administrations, so he insists that he comes at the issue with a nonpartisan point of view. He's cofounder and director of Smarter Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and works closely with Patrick Kennedy on the left and David Frum (former speechwriter for George W. Bush) on the right.
Sabet spoke up to explain his side of the medical marijuana debate.
10. People have misinterpreted Dr. Sanjay Gupta's stance on medicinal marijuana.
In 2009, Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, wrote an article for Time magazine called "Why I Would Vote No on Pot." He thought the movement was a cover for people who really wanted to get high. But last year, he publicly changed his stance, apologizing and explaining that he'd read more medical research and was now supportive of the potential to use weed as medicine. Says Sabet: "Sanjay Gupta I think has been misinterpreted by a lot of folks. He is saying we need to study marijuana for medicinal purposes. He isn't coming out and saying everyone should smoke marijuana. He isn't coming out for legalization. I think what he said -- unfortunately the headline producers have put on it -- have been more about gaining controversy than even really representing 100 percent of his views. I have spoken with him. He isn't in favor of legalization at all. I don't think he prefers smoking as a delivery system, and yet what would happen in Florida is de facto legalization via smoking smoking, and it's a problem."