President of Anti-Marijuana Group Compares Cannabis Legalization to the Destruction of Hurricane Florence

Smart Approaches to Marijuana is at it again. Their leader - Kevin Sabet - is one of the county's fiercest opponents of marijuana reform. He's famous for spouting dubious arguments about cannabis legalization hurting minorities and increasing traffic fatalities. Now he's claiming that cannabis is just as damaging as Hurricane Florence - the massive storm currently ravaging the US East Coat.

"Hurricane Florence is barreling down on the East Coast of the country and with it is the threat of disaster-level destruction that harkens back to Harvey, Hugo, and even Katrina," Sabet wrote for Detroit Free Press. So far, so good, but then his commentary went off the rails as he took a swipe at the 2018 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. "While most folks in Michigan will likely be far out of harm's way this hurricane season, there is another storm brewing on the horizon that could bring about destructive effects on public health and safety: marijuana legalization."

Together Hugo, Harvey and Katrina cost $250 billion in damages and left a death toll of over 2,000—a staggering number, particularly in comparison to the grand number of zero people who have ever died of cannabis overdoses. Comparing the potential risks associated with cannabis consumption and the destructive and deadly force of a hurricane makes about as much sense as comparing a paper cut to the bubonic plague. 

Meanwhile, Sabet supports America's ongoing (but futile) War on Drugs, which destroys communities and ruins lives by slapping people with criminal records for possessing a plant and costs tax payers billions of dollars every year. You might even say that it's worse than Hurricane Florence.

H/T: Marijuana Moment


It’s no secret that my husband and I are longtime cannabis and hemp advocates. We’ve cheered as the majority of Americans have come around to supporting legalization, and applauded as cannabis law reform spreads from state to state. Still, decades of prohibitionist propaganda have left many in the dark about the powerful wellness potential of these long-demonized plants.

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