Former White House Drug Advisor Fears ‘Big Marijuana’

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Colorado and Washington will have stores selling marijuana legally in 2014, and more than half of Americans think the drug should be completely legal.

But not everyone is caught up in the reefer madness.

Kevin Sabet, a former policy adviser to an Obama drug czar, openly calls marijuana legalization one of two “extreme” positions in the debate (the other one would be locking up all pot users).

He’s an advocate of treatment and drug courts, but not of making pot legal (that echoes the message from his former employer, the Obama administration).

Speaking on “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” on Wednesday, Sabet cautioned that marijuana legalization could lead to an industry that targets children.

“We are on the brink of creating the next big tobacco,” he said, “which is exactly what this is going to be, big marijuana.”

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More than half of Americans support marijuana legalization. Still, the federal government considers it a dangerous drug. This is a look at the science, the conversations, and the politics of pot.

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