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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Kevin Sabet Says Marijuana Legalization Is ‘All About Money’ While Being Paid With Taxpayer Dollars

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In not so shocking news, Kevin Sabet is a hypocrite. Kevin Sabet recently visited the State of Montana where he gave a speech to a crowd of mostly prosecutors and members of law enforcement. It was bad enough that Kevin was preaching his form of reefer madness to the crowd, and claiming that ‘legalization is about one thing, and that’s money.’ It’s worse that Kevin Sabet was getting paid with taxpayer dollars to give his three hour presentation. That’s right, the same guy that is howling about marijuana legalization being only about profits is lining his own pockets with money from taxpayers while he’s spouting his lies and half truths. According to Russ Belville, who is always in the know when it comes to Kevin Sabet, had the following to say:

What’s really awful too is that people in Montana were actually believing what he was saying, including at least one media outlet in Montana. Below are excerpts from an article in the Helenair:

Sabet opposes legalization but he also maintains marijuana users should not be prosecuted and jailed.

The legalization movement, to him, is driven more by people interested in getting rich than stoners looking to get high legally.

Among the “myths” cited by Sabet are that marijuana is harmless and nonaddictive; eaten or smoked marijuana has medicinal value and that countless people are behind bars for smoking marijuana.

The article acts as if Kevin Sabet supports marijuana decriminalization. But after many, many attempts to try to get Kevin Sabet on the record as supporting marijuana decriminalization, he has always refused to do so. That’s because Sabet does not actually support marijuana decriminalization, and only hints that he does so it makes uneducated people on the subject think that he does. It’s nothing more than a rhetoric-based tactic.

As far as the ‘myths’ that Kevin Sabet cited in his presentation, anyone with access to a search engine or quality library can debunk those claims very quickly. There is a speck of truth in what Kevin Sabet is saying. Yes, for at least one person out there the battle over marijuana legalization is all about money and profit, and that one person is Kevin Sabet. Kevin Sabet gets paid thousands of dollars to give a presentation for a couple/few hours, and that is the primary motivation behind what he does. The second people quit using taxpayer dollars to fund his work, Kevin Sabet will move on to something else in a blink of an eye. Meanwhile marijuana reform activists who get nothing more out of their efforts than the feeling of helping the world will still be doing what they are doing, not because it makes money, but because it’s the sensible, compassionate thing to do.

  • Michael Miller

    Well… unfortunately, Sabet was right about the money in the case of Ohio. Responsible Ohio has nothing in mind but money. Nothing. They are not a grass roots organization, and getting rich, I assure you, is all they care about. Their plan is the single worst legalization initiative in the U.S. and it is not good for Ohioans.

  • moldy

    I’d like to review his tax returns. I’d bet he cheats on his travel expenses.

  • Stel-1776

    The cannabis legalization lobby does not have anywhere near the amount of money of the lobbies that have fought to perpetrate this senseless prohibition for decades.

    When asked why so many police organizations are lobbying against cannabis-law reform, retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Stephen Downing said:

    It’s money, In many states, the city government expects police to make seizures, and they expect these seizures to supplement their budgets.”
    “The only difference now compared to the times of alcohol prohibition is that, in the times of alcohol prohibition, law enforcement—the police and judges—got their money in brown paper bags. Today, they get their money through legitimate, systematic programs run by the federal government. That’s why they’re using their lobbying organizations to fight every reform.

    People who benefit from cannabis prohibition:

    •Law enforcement, including: DEA, police unions, private prison owners, prison guard unions, lawyers, bail bondsmen, parole and probation officers.
    •Cartels & drug dealers
    •Alcohol industry
    •Pharmaceutical industry
    •Addiction treatment industry (through court related referrals)
    •Other industries who’s products are threatened by hemp products, including: plastics, synthetics, fiber, biofuel, paper, and oil.

    The large majority of current money benefits from cannabis prohibition, not legalization. The Correctional Peace Officers Association gave $1 million to the 2008 campaign against Proposition 5, The Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act, which would have reduced sentences and parole times for nonviolent drug offenders while emphasizing drug treatment over prison. The California Beer and Beverage Distributors donated $100,000 to defeat the same bill. Opponents of California’s Prop. 19 in 2010, which would have legalized the sale of cannabis, include: California Police Chief’s Association – $30,000, California Beer and Beverage Distributors – $10,000, California Narcotics Officers Association – $20,500.

    When considering that these powerful influences support the continued prohibition of cannabis, and that it has been demonized for decades through unfounded, misleading propaganda, it is little wonder why it has been so tough to pass sane laws regarding cannabis.

    • newageblues

      I would add tobacco to the special interests that illegitimately benefit from cannabis prohibition. It’s an open question how much cannabis, w/ varying degrees of THC and its other components, can be substituted for a tobacco addiction once criminal status and black market level prices are removed from the equation.

  • Bob Mylow

    So is prohibition! From the federal, state and private industries that rely on arrests ,rehab or incarceration. The county and city departments that depend on grants for drug interdiction programs. Not to mention huge profits from civil Asset forfeitures. Kevin Sabet should be quite aware every time one of his ticket venders collects a check for $250.00 to listen to him spew his poison. To his thoughts of who is paying him “pharmaceutical companies” to do these speeches. Yes money is the root. It’s just depends on how you look at it.

  • Social Conservative

    I’ve listened to Sabet speak and he would make a superb used car salesman!

  • stellarvoyager

    No wonder Sabet is so against legalization. Most of us have to scrap and scrape for every dollar that we earn, toiling away at demanding, stressful jobs day in and day out, or putting in countless hours of sweat equity into a business that we own. Sabet, on the other hand, gets $10,000+ for giving a speech for one or two hours, all on the taxpayers’ nickel, plus lodging, travel and meals. He doesn’t know the meaning of having to work hard to actually earn an HONEST living. Prohibition has been a gravy train for Kev Kev. No wonder he’s so terrified of legalization. It would bring that gravy train to a screeching halt, and he’d actually have to earn money the old-fashioned way: by working hard to provide a good or service that people actually want and need, instead of just being an over-paid shill whose role is to misinform and mislead.

    Most people who make money giving speeches have to have some actual expertise in something. Sabet has none. He has honorary degrees in “medical science” when his background is in politics. He never spent even ten minutes studying medicine or science. He gets paid handsomely, at taxpayers’ expense, to give speeches filled with factual inaccuracies, on a topic in which he has no expertise. He literally does not know what he is talking about, and you and I are paying for him to talk. That is such a cushy gig, to rake in tens of thousands of dollars by the speech and never have to do any actual work, or provide anything of actual value. No wonder he’s terrified of legalization. It truly is all about the money. That is, all about him making money off of others’ suffering.

  • You’re god damned right it’s all about money! It’s about the hundreds of millions of tax dollars being wasted on law enforcement, being siphoned to private prison companies, and being handed straight to violent drug cartels. It’s all about money that should be going towards schools, hospitals, and other important government programs.

  • saneprofessor

    This group is pretty insane, check their Board Members, linked to Big Pharm, 100%. Google is your friend here.

    • newageblues

      Do you have time to summarize what you’ve learned?

      • John Hunter

        “Google is your friend here”

  • Sinclair

    Kevin is all about money. All he cares about is his deep pockets. He is just as crooked as they come. Anyone who listens to him needs there head examined.

  • Hostess with the Mostess

    He sounds more sensible than many others. I actually find his message compassionate, community minded and intelligently composed. I support him and know many others who also find him to be a very caring individual.

    • newageblues

      He’s an alcohol supremacist bigot. Ask him how many people alcohol kills and how many cannabis kills, and watch the coward run away from the question as fast as his dumpling feet can run. Forcing people to use alcohol instead of weed to get a buzz is bloody insane

    • gotohell

      He sounds like an anti-profit communist. I fully support Big Marijuana. It will be capitalism and entrepeneurship that will drag the world out of cannabis prohibition. Not a bunch of leftists toking in a park and whining about GMO conspiracy theories.What has the left done to end prohibition? FUCK ALL.

      Look at your left-wing utopia Sweden. Prohibitionist to the bone.