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That One Time When Kevin Sabet Got OWNED By A Senator During A Hearing

kevin sabetThis last week a Congressional drug caucus was held where testimony was provided by Kevin Sabet. As usual, Kevin was ripe with reefer madness. Usually Kevin speaks to crowds that are completely sympathetic to his views, and rarely question anything he says because he has them so snowballed (after all, they are paying thousands of dollars to have him tell them half truths about marijuana policy and science!). But this speaking engagement was different. United States Senator Cory Booker was in attendance, and he didn’t take kindly to Kevin Sabet’s reefer madness tactics.

If you are like me, I’m sure there have been many times where you were watching a Kevin Sabet speech and you wanted to reach through your computer or television and shake him because he’s so off base. Kevin will spout off claims that have little or no basis in fact, reality, or science, and he will do it so effortlessly that it seems as if he truly believes what he’s saying, despite how ridiculous the claim is. The sad thing is that there are actually people out there that believe what he’s saying, without ever doing any research on their own. Had they done any research at all they would learn that Kevin Sabet’s claims can be debunked very easily.

But, there is never anyone there to challenge Kevin in the middle of his baseless rants. Kevin usually is either preaching to the choir, or speaking in a debate format that allows him to speak unimpeded. I have been hoping and praying for a day when Kevin was in front of someone intelligent for the world to see, and to have that person directly call him out on his reefer madness. There have been times where people have come close, but Kevin is a slimy, crafty dodger, so the direct challenge usually misses his mark. But I was very delighted to see that Cory Booker finally got Kevin right in the middle of him ranting. Kevin tried to talk over the Senator, but the Senator wasn’t having it. Below is video footage of the exchange.

  • Jordan Shorette

    drop the mic Cory Booker!

    • Old Soul

      Why? He speaks the truth. Can’t take it, eh?

      • Ricky

        A ‘mic drop’ is common when someone is victorious on the microphone, as Booker was here. It was a compliment.

      • Jordan Shorette

        haha took the scenic route did ya?

        • Old Soul

          Nope, I don’t “mic drop”. I respect the technology provided instead of breaking it for shock value. Been doing it for 25 years.

          • taternuggets

            Lamest comeback ever nominee.

          • Old Soul

            Not in your competition cheese ball.

          • Jordan Shorette

            hahaha nor do I lol I just get excited sometimes

          • Old Soul

            lolol

  • ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ

    Pwned! What needs to happen to morons like Kevin — > He lost reefer madness argument, so what happens next ? ( Warning could be offensive to prohibitionists).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hHDxlm66dE

    • Jordan Shorette

      very nice

  • “Klaatu barada nikto”

    This was almost like watching a 1940 (Twelve anger men) movie. Things were moving in me. Watching Sabet getting it in the caboose. Maybe it’s the new law or something. Is this committee meeting on line for view in it’s entirety.

    • Jetdoc

      They always are! It’s a transparency issue. Go to that particular committees webpage and out have each hearing scheduled with a link to watch LIVE or past meetings that take a couple days to get posted though.

  • Cleanslate

    It’s clear what Sabet is maneuvering to do. He is serving the agenda of his Big Pharma masters. He is pushing for a special exemption of CBD from schedule one, so that it can be made into a derivative drug that is patentable as a dumbed downed isolate compound that can be approved by the FDA as an alternative to the high CBD whole plant oils, such as Charlotte’s Web, for treating intractable epilepsy.

    Meanwhile, cannabis the plant, including high CBD hemp whole plant derived medicines, will remain on schedule I. Once Pharma is allowed to produce cannabis derived drugs approved by the FDA then the Federal government will begin rolling back the medical cannabis laws enacted by the states. This is a pernicious strategy meant to deny those who need the healing power of the whole plant.

    Instead, they will be left with cannabis based drugs that will not be nearly as effective as a healing medicine and will, as all FDA approved drugs, have a long list of adverse reactions attached to them. The Sabet/Pharma strategy is not about healing and compassion it is about patents and profits.

    • 2buds4me

      Yup – Pharma wants “Treatment” – never “Cure” and will spend billions to keep it that way.

      • Jetdoc

        It’s much more profitable to keep the patient comfortable while they DIE instead of CURING the disease.

        • 2buds4me

          and draining their life savings while their life’s energies drain away.

    • Johnny oneye

      And industrial HEMP oil is available , for now on the market of supplements
      18% CBD sourced from overseas hemp crops.
      HEMP is being grown here in the USA ,legally
      The states who are chasing CBD bills are just panicking
      legalization is a tidal wave , can’t stop the genie
      not even silly rabbit sabet

    • Jetdoc

      And you will continue to have a thriving black market for the whole plant product. Using his logic, just making it illegal SHOULD stop the problem.

      But haven’t we done that for 80+ years now? It hasn’t changed Americans Usage rate of Cannabis 3% in 80 years. But let’s just continue doing things the way we do now!

      Sabet, telling the guy who WROTE the CARERS Act, that “…the act is a red herring being pushed by the legalization industry who wrote the CARERS Act” took a LOT of BALLS!

      Booker was much more restrained than I’d have been. The reason no one ever refutes Sabet is they NEVER invite anyone on the side of the legalization issue. He’s such a JACKALS!

  • Sinclair

    Classic.

  • Robert Dalrymple

    This will be the era for cannabis research especially if it is rescheduled. The fact that Marinol is schedule III, which is the most psychotropic component, albeit synthetic, and the natural plant is schedule I defies any common sense. As a physician, I see more harm in other drugs, notably prescription narcotic drugs then I ever have or ever will from the cannabis plant. I feel that there is momentum in Congress to make the change. The Sabet narrative is old and tired, lets move forward and realize the promise of cannabis based medicines.

    • Valient

      Don’t forget to mention that Marinol is 100% THC. 100%THC. 100%THC. Clear enough? Because they’ve been freaking out about various forms of concentrates and hailing them as the “crack cocaine” of marijuana.

      Variations of “this isn’t your grandpa’s weed” are common Sabet quotes, as well.

      Now if only Cory Booker would decide to run for NJ governor. we might actually be able to accomplish something.

      • Johnny oneye

        Synthetic thc ,
        Delta9 and other cannabinoids work synergistically
        marinol? Not even sure it works at all.

        • jimheffner

          Entourage Effect

          • Johnny oneye

            Oh shit , I thought that was a television series

        • Jetdoc

          In most cases it doesn’t work.

          • Johnny oneye

            And JAMA published the studies claiming “marijuana ” didn’t work
            lmao

          • Jetdoc

            That’s what Prohibitionist are CLAIMING that’s what the study says. That’s NOT what that study says at ALL! People need to read the study and draw your own conclusions.

            What this study says is that there are SO many claims of cannabis efficacy in treating ALL these ailments. There’s an extreme amount of anecdotal evidence that cannabis DOES work for treating the ailments claimed. But there’s an extreme LACK of documented evidence that it works said ailments. This’s where they CLAIM that we need more research before THEY make the same claims.

            Typical American BULLSHIT! There’s so MUCH evidence out there showing cannabis efficacy in treating the ailments WE CLAIM. The problem with America is that we have this “if it didn’t happen in America, it didn’t happen” mentality.

            There’s so MUCH scientific data from studies done ALL over the world. Much of the research has been done in America’s strongest ally, Israel. But we just ignore that and continue believing the “reefer madness” mentality that Sabet purports.

          • And that 80% of your Republican party supports.

          • Johnny oneye

            “Not enough testing ”
            NIDA has a bunch of useless studies that could not be repeated.
            And the UN , UK And even Amsterdam has flip flops wi th Cannabis #prohibition
            Look at GW , grows metric tons of cannabis
            while a medical marijuana patients get tickets or jail

          • Valient

            Actually, Alternet recently published an article about that…turns out that only 2 of those 79 studies were using whole plant cannabis, and they both seemed to show the moderate evidence. All of the rest were about Marinol and Sativex and possibly other ones like them. The JAMA study actually said that Marinol and Sativex don’t work most of the time. Here are some notable points.

            “[T]here was moderate-quality evidence to suggest that cannabinoids may be beneficial for the treatment of chronic neuropathy or cancer pain (smoked THC and nabiximols) and spasticity due to MS (nabiximols, nabilone, THC/CBD capsules, and dronabinol).”

            “Researchers were less enthused in regard to the use of synthetic cannabinoids for the treatment of nausea, vomiting, and weight gain citing only “low quality evidence” that cannabinoid administration improved these indications. This finding is perplexing because the FDA has approved both dronabinol (marketed as Marinol) and nabilone (marketed as Cesamet) explicitly for the treatment of these conditions.”

            http://www.alternet.org/drugs/why-media-all-over-place-when-it-comes-talking-about-scientific-discoveries-tied-medical

  • Robert Dewayne King

    I am by nature not a violent person , but after seeing Kevin Sabat’s face for the first time I have to say that I would never tire of slapping it !!

    • moldy

      Anyone that slimy needs punched in the face, not a slap.

      • jimheffner

        He reminds me of a Fungus Gnat, at the moment my most unfavorite type of ‘Vermin’. Wonder if he’d drown in a jar of vinegar?

      • Robert Dewayne King

        The last person that I found that needed a slap wore the print of my hand for 2 weeks !!

    • gotohell

      But it’s such a cute little baby face! I feet the same way about David Cameron’s cute little baby face. Why would anyone want to hit anything so adorable?

      *kicks over chair*

  • MATTHEWSWAIN

    That Kevin Sabet is such queer holy shit how does he live with himself

    • jimheffner

      Since this is the quality of the opposition, and looking around the next obstructionist I see is Rehab Ranger Patrick Kennedy, the only question is when and not if full legalization comes. I think Kevin might have gone to the same schools as Stuttering Michele Leonhart. I used to respect the University of Florida until I found out that’s where Kevin hangs his hat.
      Would you buy a used car from Kevin Sabat? If you would I have this bridge in Brooklyn………
      Cannabis never should have been made illegal.

  • Johnny oneye

    One of the stupidest doctor’s I’ve ever come across
    He reminds me of curious George the man with the yellow hat/journalism

  • SilentPatriot

    Hey “Dr.” Sabet, what part of MEDICINAL VALUE do you not understand?

  • HeyJah

    People like Sabet are a blight on the human race. And that other guy basically stated that Cannabis should be given to the drug companies, because “plant-based” drugs represented an invitation to abuse… Thank you Sen. Booker for attempting to hold Dr. Sabet accountable.

  • This should read “United States Senator Cory Booker (D, NJ)”

    What’s so hard about doing the basic journalistic due? It’s important for voters to know what side the heroes are on.

  • due

    but Kevin is a slimy, crafty dodger, 

    ut Kevin is a slimy, crafty dodger, 

  • due

    I wanted to say this from my previously written. ——– but Kevin is a slimy, crafty dodger, A reather sad sad person

    ed to start out saying that this line from story has truly made my day

  • jason

    It’s common knowledge..the only reason why Sabet even voices an opinion on this issue, is because he’s a paid shill…if he wasn’t receiving a paycheck he would even care about this issue..plain and simple…

    He needs to be exposed for this fact in a major way!!