By Chris Stigall
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chris Stigall talked with Kevin Sabet, the author of Reefer Sanity about the recent push to legalize marijuana. Sabet is a former Senior Advisor the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and now is the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida.
Sabet, who opposes the legalization of marijuana, believes society made poor decisions regarding alcohol and tobacco and thinks changing marijuana policy would be making the wrong choice again.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right. We can’t go back in time for alcohol. It’s here to stay. No one is saying we should really prohibit it anymore and that’s fine, but now that we have this in our hands to control, it’s sort of like with tobacco a hundred years ago, when big tobacco started and we legitimized cigarettes in the military and we legitimized cigarettes in the media. We, sort of, have a chance with a new drug to go down that path again. Do we want to make that same mistake again? It’s in our hands. With alcohol and tobacco, that ship has sailed, but with pot, it’s in our hands.”
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