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A former three-time White House drug policy adviser is warning against the rush to the legalize marijuana, saying the nationwide push is being primarily driven by the cannabis industry and a small group of billionaires. “The drive to legalize is being driven by a massive industry with billionaire-backers and they need high levels of THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] to make money,” Kevin Sabet said in an interview that aired Friday.  “Let’s be honest about the push to legalize — it’s not about social justice, it’s not about medicine, it’s not about granny with cancer, it is about a small number of people who want to get very rich,” he added. Sabet previously served as a White House adviser for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations. He’s now the president and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a nonprofit organization he founded with former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and political commentator David Frum. He warned that today’s marijuana has “all kinds of issues,” saying that the new marijuana is being genetically bred to have “astronomical levels of THC.” Ex-drug policy adviser: Marijuana legalization push is ‘about a small number of people who want to get rich’ | TheHill

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