Raised in an Orange County, Calif., household in which no one drank or smoked, Sabet says he has crusaded for smart drug policies since he was 14 years old. In high school, he battled right-leaning school board members who, citing small-government principles, opposed providing drug-counseling services. As a student at the University of California at Berkeley, he encountered peers and “even old hippies” who told him of the ill effects of extensive marijuana use and quietly supported his efforts.
Sabet says his experiences gave him a deep appreciation for how pervasive the problems are. They also made him adept at speaking convincingly to opposing factions.
In New York and New Jersey, he has fashioned a campaign that can sound not all that different from what many liberal activists would like to see. He supports the “proper” use of medical marijuana, doesn’t want anyone locked up for smoking pot in public or for
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