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Kevin Sabet moving on?

I’ve heard that Kevin Sabet is planning on leaving the Drug Czar’s office next week to take a job in the private sector. He’s been a prime behind-the-scenes player in the ONDCP and is likely to have had a strong hand in the extremely late National Drug Control Strategy.

Kevin’s a bright young opportunist, and has done quite a job of building a career for himself using the drug war as a resume builder. He’s also good at creating catchy sound bites without needing any evidence…

And legalization remains (rightfully) the stuff of dreams (nightmares, really, when you take into account the heavy social costs that would result from a free, commercial market for illegal drugs).

I haven’t heard yet where he’ll be working. What are your guesses?

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28 comments to Kevin Sabet moving on?

  • claygooding

    how about as a corn and peanut recycle technician at the New York City sewer plant?

  • darkcycle

    He’ll be helping polish the image of the “New” Muammar Gaddafi, and possibly selling high tech weapons to both sides in some crappy third world conflict.
    That or working as director of marketing at a tobacco company.

  • paul

    Goldman Sachs.

  • I’m going to go with defense contractor or drug company.

  • Bailey

    Oh, so you’re not introducing your new guest editor then.

    I was way off…

  • Finesse

    I don’t agree with Kevin, but he’s a nice guy (I’ve debated him before) and one of the better people they have on the other side. His ideas are still bad, but at least he goes out of his way to acknowledge that prohibition isn’t perfect, which is more than I can say for most of those whackjob warriors.

    • darkcycle

      I’m of the impression most of the posters here don’t think Kevin Sabet is a “nice” guy. His work in that position has helped result in 800,000 Americans or so a year arrested for a harmless substance. Kevin Sabet’s work has contributed to over 40,000 dead in Mexico in just the last few years. His contributions to propping up the failing drug war have added to the number of non-violent Americans imprisoned in this country, and helped make us the greatest jailer the world has ever known.
      The policies Kevin Sabet supported have cost us over a trillion dollars in the last forty years, and far from reducing the availability, have caused these drugs to be more widely available.
      That’s like saying that Joseph Goebbels was a “nice” guy.

      • Duncan20903

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        We might want to put the total arrests for cannabis law violations statistics on the back burner because they’re almost certain to drop perhaps as much as 10% because California is going to have 70,000 or so less arrests in 2011. On the other had the average incarceration for cannabis law violations is going to skyrocket for the same reason. Did you know that Holland has the longest average prison terms and the highest fines for cannabis law violations in western Europe? It really kicks that average up when you just pass on arresting the people you don’t intend to issue significant fines or do intend to incarcerate.

  • Irie

    Going out on a limb here….but with his qualifications….I’m guessing….local dogcatcher!

  • TINMA

    He can go to hell as an icecube inspector for all I care.

  • kaptinemo

    1) A drug testing company

    2) A PR firm that specializes in ‘consulting’ work (rationalizing overblown expenditures of taxpayer dollars on useless, pointless stuff).

    In any event, you have not heard the last from him. He’s learned from his erstwhile (and will be again) bureaucratic masters how to keep his lips clamped on the Gub’mint teat, regardless of whether he is a ‘civil servant’ or not.

  • Servetus

    The problem with exiting the prohibition business is it’s a lot like the clergyman who becomes an atheist. What to do with that divinity degree?

    He can’t go much beyond his comfort zone. My guess is that Kevin Sabet has a fat money offer to spew more of his hot air lobbying for increased global warming.

  • pfroehlich2004

    Pharmaceutical lobbyist.

  • elle

    Since I first encountered Sabet wangling his way into a conference under false pretenses (as a student) my guess is: corporate spy or something equally duplicitous.

    Perhaps he’ll write a book, full of the same kinds of ridiculous platitudes that Bill Bennett gave us.

    Or maybe, just maybe, he was fired and we’ll get someone more intelligent and honest in his post. Like Kai Penn.

  • Ed Dunkle

    My guess is RAND. They have a horrible, drug warrior stance, so he’d fit right in.

  • warren

    Outhouse designer

  • Christy

    He could work for that other loser Calvina Fay and her so-called “Save Our Society” farce.

  • Duncan20903

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    I heard that he’s moving to Las Vegas and has been hired by a really big casino to implement and then manage their significant investment into offering liar’s poker. They didn’t have much trouble deciding that he was the man for the job. Also, he was the only job candidate who passed the urine test.

  • monger

    Wow, you are all haters. Disagree with the fella OK, but to blame him for the deaths in Mexico? And we need to be sure we are aware of the arguments he uses (my daughter saw him at a university debating SSDP a few years back and nearly changed her mind on cannabis legalization) so that we can counter them. Also his credentials are Berkely and Oxford, which aint bad. Let’s not underestimate folks, lest we get burned.

    • darkcycle

      Wow, I, I guess I am a hater, then…aw gee, I feel so bad about myself now, I could just cry.
      Wake up. I wouldn’t do anything to Kevin Sabet his armed, blood thirsty thugs wouldn’t do to ME. And yes that includes shooting him or his dogs.

      • MrThud

        Count me in; I am hater of repugnant, murdering prohibitionists too!

      • Duncan20903

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        I’m thinking about making a batch of oil from a bunch of immature trash, then put it in strategic points around my yard and then dropping the dime on myself telling the snitch line that I’ve got hundreds of pounds of cannabis and currency buried in my yard. It would be much easier than digging the holes myself and cheaper than hiring a contractor. It would also make for a fun video to post on on Youtube. “So you say these dogs are infallible, eh?” [game show buzzer] Look at those K-9s going crazy but no pot buried in my yard. 17 million in currency? Do these people think I sell pot from the back of an ice cream truck?

        I wonder, could I scam them into cutting down a couple of trees in my yard that just have to go? They clear people’s horse mint, so why not? I’m just not sure how to say that the contraband is hidden in the trunk of a tree. If someone has any suggestions, I’m all ears! I really like the idea of free landscaping, and it won’t further promote more unregistered guests since all cops are citizens.

    • Duncan20903

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      I admit that I have a personality defect that causes me to be filled with hatred toward people who want to micromanage my life for no valid reason and put me in jail because I won’t follow their worthless orders. When the same people want to force the sick to suffer more than needed because of their malignant narcissism I have the impression that they’re taking a dump on the grave of a dear friend who died in 2002 after a 2 year ordeal with leukemia. These people are despicable, inhuman, and morally bankrupt, and need to be taken out to the woodshed and taught a stiff lesson in humanity.

      Don’t expect me to get over the very appropriated hatred that these totally pathetic excuses for human beings have earned. It would be totally inappropriate to feel otherwise. If you want to be a sycophantic apologist for such total fucking assholes, well, it’s a free country as long as you do what you’re told.

      If I could generate more hatred for them I would.

      Toodles!