SEATTLE (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is leading a new group trying to halt the spread of legal marijuana.
The son of late Sen. Ted Kennedy has joined former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum and former White House drug policy adviser Kevin Sabet in launching Project SAM — for "smart approaches to marijuana." The organization argues the U.S. can cure the ills of pot prohibition, such as racial disparities in who gets busted and the lifelong stigma that can come with a conviction, without legalizing the drug as Washington and Colorado have done.
Kennedy says he has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for much of his life, and he made mental health issues a priority in Congress. He says pot legalization is becoming a glamorous cause, and that's troubling.