At a current a policy summit in Atlanta, Wise Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the major marijuana policy group supplying a science-primarily based strategy to marijuana reform, awarded various achievement awards to influential and prominent influencers on drug policy.

In recognition of his lifetime of dedication to public overall health, SAM President Dr. Kevin Sabet presented former United States Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky with the 2019 Wise Approaches to Marijuana Lifetime Achievement Award. For 35 years, Levitsky served as a U.S. diplomat featuring stints as Ambassador to Brazil and Bulgaria, Executive Secretary of the State Division, Deputy Director of the Voice of America, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights. In 2003, he was selected for a seat on the United Nations International Narcotics Handle Board (INCB). He served in this post till 2012.

Previous recipients of the SAM Lifetime Achievement award include things like former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Robert DuPont, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Chuck Grassley, Sue Rusche, and Basic Barry McCaffrey.

“Serious, humble, generous, distinguished, and scientific. These are all traits of earlier recipients of this award and Ambassador Levitsky’s physique of operate totally incorporates them,” stated Dr. Kevin Sabet. “We are proud to be connected with Ambassador Levitsky, who has been an inspiration and a mentor of myself and other folks in the field.”

Moreover, SAM was proud to award the Patrick J Kennedy Advocate of the Year Award to two state lawmakers, Representative Marty Moylan and Representative Kim Moser, who have been influential in defending public overall health and security in their state.

Democrat Illinois State Representative Marty Moylan has been an really vocal opponent of marijuana legalization in his state and lead a Home Resolution urging the state to slow down a rushed work to commercialize the drug for tax income. Representative Moylan’s resolution was sooner or later supported by a majority of his colleagues in the Illinois Home of Representatives. Representative Moylan now serves as the legislative head of a vastly increasing coalition of men and women opposing marijuana legalization in Illinois.

Republican Kentucky State Representative Kim Moser is in her second term in the Kentucky Basic Assembly and is the quick Previous-President of the American Health-related Association Alliance, major advocacy on overall health care and healthcare legislative concerns and has served in several advocacy roles prior to her election. She is the founding Director of the Northern Kentucky Workplace of Drug Policy, exactly where she worked to remove the scourge of heroin and substance abuse and has been instrumental in the passage of legislation to combat the addiction epidemic.

“The operate becoming completed by these committed lawmakers is certainly inspiring to say the least,” stated Dr. Sabet. “With legislators such as these lending their voices to champion efforts to resolve our nation’s drug difficulties, I am confident we will see several much more victories for public overall health this year and for several years to come.”