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Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy.


We have been contracted to lead SAM in California and to provide technical assistance to communities across the country that want to prevent another Big Tobacco in their community.

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Just because it is legal to possess and even sell marijuana in a state, does not necessarily mean 

that large scale commercialization is legal. In California 85% of municipalities (cities and counties)

have used local control measures to prohibit commercialization of marijuana such as retail outlets, cultivation, manufacturing, and/or delivery services. Other municipalities have adopted regulations that limit the locations, manner, and hours for marijuana industry activities in an attempt to protect residents including young people from the negative impact of marijuana.

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