The rank hypocrisy of marijuana prohibition advocates’ taxpayer funding

Kevin Sabet continues to fail to disclose SAM’s funding and the incestuous financial connections behind efforts to maintain the status quo
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Monday, September 9, 2019

kevin sabet2The New York Chapter of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the prohibitionist organization led by Kevin Sabet, has submitted a request “to keep its funding sources confidential,” as reported in a September 5 Times Union article. As justification, the group cited fears that its donors would be harassed. SAM’s request for donor anonymity claims “that it doesn’t receive funding from “faceless deep-pocketed corporate interests” in the “alcohol, tobacco, opioid, or the prison industries…” Yet the organization’s attempt to avoid transparency is ironic, when SAM has just announced its intention to release a report on industry donations to the marijuana legalization movement. (See also: Marijuana legalization opponent directed to identify donors)