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September is National Recovery Month. We at SAM celebrate this month with the whole country. It is a time to remind everyone that marijuana use disorder is real, and recovery happens.
SAM is proud to release this toolkit to help in your work.
Some key facts to share on social media:
  • Big Pharma is eyeing marijuana- The former CEO of the drug companybehind OxyContin is now a co-founder of a medical marijuana company based in Canada.
  • Pot use is exploding- A recent study finds college-age people are using marijuana more now than in the last 30 years.
  • Invisible addicts are everywhere- The Atlantic reported that the drug is becoming so commonplace and so abused the reporter of the story said: “users lost jobs, lost marriages, lost houses, lost money, lost time…foreclosures and divorces… weight gain and mental-health problems.”
Stories of recovery to share:
Here is an inspirational blog post written by Justin Luke Riley, who heads up the Marijuana Accountability Coalition:…ustin-luke-riley/

Sample tweets:
  • Marijuana addiction is real. Let’s put public health over profit.
  • More kids are in treatment for pot today than all drugs combined. #TheMoreYouKnow #PeopleBeforeProfit
  • As we celebrate recovery month, a reminder that pot addiction is real.
  • For recovery month, a reminder that pot addiction often accompanies psychiatric disorders.
Sample Facebook post:
  • As we celebrate National Recovery Month, let us not ignore the fact that marijuana addiction is real. More youth today are in recovery for marijuana than all other drugs combined. It is time to put public health over the profits of the next Big Tobacco.
Today’s genetically bred weed is nothing like the days of Woodstock. In many cases, pot is made up of more than 99 percent  THC, the compound that makes the user high.
Big Pot is employing the playbook of Big Tobacco- the last addiction-for-profit industry we had to contend with. The use of  gummies, candies, and sodascolorfully packaged attracts youth, while  dispensaries are set up in low-income  neighborhoods in an effort to lure unsuspecting populations.
The message they send is that marijuana is safe, fun, and harmless. Millions of people in recovery know that isn’t true.
Please use the above information to promote the message that marijuana use is on the rise, and recovery is possible with the right tools.
About SAM
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states. For more information about marijuana use and its effects, visit


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