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Marijuana: Save Our Society from Drugs attacks Amendment 64 task force recommendations

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Calvina Fay.
Last week, the Amendment 64 task force released a massive, 166-page report filled with recommendations about how best to implement the measure, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana.

How does Calvina Fay, executive director of Save Our Society From Drugs and the Drug Free America Foundation, grade the results? Not highly. If there was a mark lower than "F," she'd no doubt bestow it on the effort -- not that she blames those involved.

"This was a task doomed for failure from its onset," Fay says in a statement released jointly by the two organizations she heads. "Amendment 64 is in direct conflict with federal laws and international treaties. It is a deeply flawed law that will have profound negative consequences on public health and safety and the future of Colorado's children and families. The only viable recommendation would have been a call for repeal of the law!"

Yes, the exclamation at the end of this last sentence is in the original.

These comments are far from shocking. As evidence, consider this excerpt from our January post "Marijuana legalization's biggest enemies -- and their Colorado ties," which focused on a Rolling Stone list of unrepentant drug warriors. Here's the Save Our Society From Drugs segment:

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Mel Sembler.
Rolling Stone's number two slot is shared by Mel and Betty Sembler, the Florida couple behind Save Our Society From Drugs. That entity was the single biggest funder of Smart Colorado, the main opponent to Amendment 64, which legalized small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use. The more than $150,000 SOSFD had given to Smart Colorado by the publication date of a September post on the fight for and against A64 represented approximately 78 percent of total donations received.

Critics argue that Save Our Society From Drugs carries plenty of problematic baggage. Here's an excerpt from a Nation piece about the Semblers that we shared last fall:

The Semblers have been waging a war on marijuana for decades.

Before they led Save Our Society from Drugs, and its sister nonprofit, the Drug Free America Foundation, the Semblers were at the helm of STRAIGHT, Inc., which operated drug abuse treatment centers, mostly for teenagers, from 1976 through 1993.

Former clients of the rehab center recount episodes of brutal beatings, rape and systematic psychological abuse.

At one facility in Yorba Linda, California, state investigators found that STRAIGHT Inc. subjected children to "unusual punishment, infliction of pain, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threats, mental abuse...and interference with daily living functions such as eating, sleeping and toileting." Samantha Monroe, who was placed into a STRAIGHT Inc clinic in Tampa at age 13, says she was locked in a room, and forced to wear a clothes stained with urine, feces and menstrual blood -- a punishment her counselors called "humble pants."

Richard Bradbury, a former STRAIGHT patient and counselor-turned-whistleblower, told the St. Petersburg Times that Monroe's experiences weren't unique. "It was pure child abuse," Bradbury told reporters. "Torture."

The approval of Amendment 64 by Colorado's voters didn't end SOSFD's efforts to kill it.

Continue for more about Calvina Fay and the Amendment 64 task force, including the complete report and a DEA letter.



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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"That entity was the single biggest funder of Smart Colorado, the main opponent to Amendment 64, which legalized small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use."

Providing you define an "adult" as someone over 21, like virtually nobody does. Providing it's hidden from public view, and not used openly, in public. Providing you don't sell it. Providing a whole lot of stuff inconsistent with the word "legal."

By the way, their definition of public doesn't mean "public property" (which they conveniently often define as private property.) Their definition of public is any place where the public is allowed.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                       SOSFSS !!


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

What's Clements take on ....?

Dirt ?

yayforlife
yayforlife

We need to approach this pant for the flowering vegetable it is. Family's need to be juicing the leaves to receive it's strongly medicinal, non-psychoactive benefits.  Farmers should be showing off their flowers next to their tomatoes, cucumbers and beets grown in healthy soil. The state needs to plant hemp along interstates and waste spaces, with either state or private processing facilities and fuel stations. We need medicine zones and hemp zones so the two do not mix and render the medicine useless. We need to approach this with wisdom and sanity which will be hard in this society.

hempforhumanity

peace and love

Jah bless

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** CU Police Arrest 2 Students for sale of 'study aid' drugs ***

http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_22828139/cu-boulder-police-arrest-2-students-suspicion-sale

University of Colorado police arrested two students after a CU employee said he witnessed them engaged in the illegal sale of prescription drugs in the Center for Community, officials announced today.

According to CU police, a campus employee spotted Nicholas Busbey, 23, and Marshall Pedder, 21, in the lobby of the Center for Community on Monday around noon. The employee told police Busbey then took a pill out of a prescription bottle and gave it to Pedder for $5. The employee then called CU police.

Officials say Busbey provided Pedder with Vyvanse, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that also can be used as a "study aid" to help keep students up and alert as they study for exams.

It is illegal for people without a prescription to possess prescription drugs, and it is also illegal for those with prescriptions to give those drugs to others, CU police note.

Busbey was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sale of a controlled substance -- a Class 3 felony -- while Pedder was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance -- a Class 6 felony.

"It's important for students to know that possessing or taking just one pill that is not prescribed to them can lead to a felony arrest and a trip to jail," CU police spokesman Ryan Huff said in a statement. 

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That's the same Class 3 FELONY that A64 left in place for ANYONE who sells even a SINGLE GRAM of their own stash!!



Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

If you want to save our society from drugs, start with Walgreens, and the drug dealing doctors dosing your kids.

Ricky Charles
Ricky Charles

i dont get how the voters can enact something, and people call it for being repealed? Isnt this country supposed to act according to the will of the voters? and what about feudalism? is there any respect for the voters left on washington

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

They have a right to their opinion. Calling her a "bitch" because she disagrees with something is well beyond immature. I supported A64 and I can say that just as she can say she doesn't.

Krystle Swain
Krystle Swain

The production and legalization of marijuana has the potential to not only increase state and federal budgets, stimulating economical growth, but the plant itself has all sorts of uses. It could help revolutionize industries like paper, clothes, rope ect. We need to be more susceptible to change, our planet is screaming at us to do so!

Johnny Genova
Johnny Genova

Screw this bitch. I'm sure the bottle of wine she drinks every night has no health concerns in her eyes. These out of touch people will be the downfall of this country, no question.

Morganne Foster
Morganne Foster

These people are delusional. If the decision of the majority vote gets revoked, I'm done voting. Ever. What's the point?

Michael Buddy Gallegos Jr
Michael Buddy Gallegos Jr

Uh no that's not what the voters wanted, don't infringe on the rights of the people, plus if you had half a brain you will see this law will decriminilize peaceful everyday hard working people who smoke marijuana, plus the legal sales will help the economy and our schools will get more funding etc etc, thank god 64 passed!

stuka1
stuka1

Interesting. This ONDCP bunch seem to shill a lot. All the same incestuous bunch, proliferatting all these front "groups" that are supposedly different groups and supposedly groups of "private citizens", all ONDCP shills. They seem to be trying to create the illusion that they have numbers they don't have.

 http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081018145347AA20Q5r

Does former ONDCP advisor Calvina Fay run most of the groups supporting Citizens Protecting Michigan's Kids? It looks like a large portion of the groups on the home page of "Citizens Protecting Michigan's Children" ( www.nopotshops.com ) are only divisions of the Drug Free America Foundation, which is run by former ONDCP advisor Calvina Fay:

Students Taking Action Not Drugs-- http://www.studentstakingaction.org/about.php

Institute on Global Drug Policy -- http://www.dfaf.org/globaldrugpolicy.php

International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse -- http://www.dfaf.org/forum.php

International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy -- http://www.itfsdp.org/pdfs/hrstatementbrussels.pdf

Save Our Society From Drugs -- http://www.saveoursociety.org/aboutus.php

National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance -- http://www.ndfwa.org/aboutus.php

Drug-Free Workplace Network, Jerome L. Houfek, President. This group is a member of the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (a division of the Drug Free America Foundation of which Calvina Fay is executive director)


The following groups and persons are strongly affiliated with Calvina Fay:

The Student Drug-Testing Coalition (Calvina Fay is one of the directing members of this coalition) -- http://www.studentdrugtesting.org/Manual2l.pdf

Drug Prevention Network of the Americas (Stephanie Haynes is president of this group and before that co-founded Straight, Inc. which changed its name to the

Drug Free America Foundation, which is run by Calvina Fay.)-- http://www.thestraights.com/articles/dpna.htm

Drug Free Schools Coalition -- "The Drug Free Schools Coalition. David Evans is executive director of the this coalition along with the likes of Colleen

Wienhoff, former Vice Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). She gets paid to do drug testing. Evans is also with the The

Legal Foundation Against Illicit Drugs, an organization co-founded by Calvina Fay, Executive Director of DFAF." -- http://www.thestraights.com/drugpolicy.htm

New Jersey Federation for Drug-Free Communities' Geraldine Silverman, is a board member of Drug Watch International of which Calvina Fay was former President

-- http://www.drugwatch.org/Board%20SUMMARY%20BIOS.htm

The following groups are sending the wrong message to our children by breaking federal law. They are 501(c)3 education organizations that receive grants from the government and can receive tax-deductible donations under the regulations of the IRS and are not allowed to directly participate with groups that are trying to influence political elections, such as "Citizens Protecting Michigan's Kids."

Michigan Family Forum

The Troy Community Coalition

Michigan Prevention Association

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Southeast Michigan

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

The "market" will Save Our Society from Drugs.
Darwin's Law will Save Our Society from Drugs.

No money. No drugs.
Too much drug consumption and death ensures.

kadargo
kadargo

I bet if anyone would ask her she would proudly state that she doesn't do drugs...even while drinking coffee.  I vote we take her wine away.

stuka1
stuka1

Michael, why do you give these idiots any attention at all? They are no one.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yayforlife "Farmers should be showing off their flowers next to their tomatoes, cucumbers and beets grown in healthy soil"

Too bad the STONERS THEMSELVES want and agree to treat marijuana like DEADLY ALCOHOL -- and enshrined that into the Colorado Constitution with A64 --  instead of treating it like "tomatoes, cucumbers and beets".

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay i= posting irrelevant hysterical bullshit. This was a PRESCRIPTION PILL transaction.

Cannabis should be given away freely, anyway. It's a Beautiful Thing.

Peace Love Flowers to all Gods children, death to whiny pussy trolls.

stuka1
stuka1

@Half Aspen  HipTip: She's not a bitch because she "disagrees with something".  She is a bitch because she is a fucking liar sowing FUD, misrepresentations, and long-debunked propaganda lies. Which is what ONDCP liars do -- it's in their fucking JOB DESCRIPTION (look it up).

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Half Aspen "I supported A64"

You're an IDIOT.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Krystle Swain "to not only increase state and federal budgets,"

Trivially inconsequential.

At the PEAK of the Dispensary Gold Rush in Boulder County, the TOTAL sales tax collected from marijuana represented less than 1/2 of 1% of all sales tax revenue.

1/2 of 1% = pathetic

stuka1
stuka1


@Johnny Genova Naaaaahhh...the dinosaurs are dying out. 

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@kadargo I bet she's into fisting and crack cocaine fueled marathon gang bangs with teenage girls

I'm gonna get high sooooo higghhhh

orson
orson

@stuka1 

...then when the government legislators take away your rights, you blame your peers for voting them in and accept that instead of lynching the legislators and overthrowing the goverment. it creates government stability. the 2 major opposing parties create the same effect. it's a control method...like religion.

orson
orson

@stuka1 

continuing the status quo...reporting on controversial issues to stir up drama, aka stirring the pot.  the drama in the news gives people something futile to argue about and puts topics on the minds of legislators who then feel the need to make stupid laws.  in cuba people argue and fight about baseball. 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You refere to "the stoners" as a unit. They are people, some of whom undoubtedly voted for it, and some of whom did not.

yayforlife
yayforlife

@DonkeyHotay Well one can always amend an amendment. And i would like to ask why you seem so angered toward those that partake of cannabis? What has happened to you or your family?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

A64 -- the lying liars who authored and promoted it and the stupid stoners who supported it -- have UNEQUIVOCALLY declared that ANY private sales of marijuana -- even a single gram -- shall REMAIN A FELONY ... a CLASS 3 DRUG FELONY!

The Voters have Spoken !!


stuka1
stuka1


@michael.roberts @stuka1 You're welcome, Mike. It seems like with just a little research, one often finds that these supposedly "different" groups all share a same core group of ONDCP-employed shills as members or directors. Must be nice to be able to get anti-cannabis grants under several different front organizations. And to be able to stick several different logos on letterhead to Holder, pretending you are four or five organizations when you are really just one person.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@orson "in cuba people argue and fight about baseball...."

... and beautiful women.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @yayforlife That looks like repeal and replace. Easy-peasy, especially in time as the aging prohibitionist dinosaurs die out.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yayforlife "Well one can always amend an amendment"

Do tell -- EXACTLY -- what the legal process is for that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... NO SALES for ANYBODY -- even DISPENSARIES ... not a fucking dime of tax to the government for marijuana!!

Free the Weed!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay So quit being a greedy, stingy asshole. Give it away as God intended. How hard was that?

hth pathetic whining moron. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... FELONY Drug Sales ... SAME FELONY Penalty under A64 !!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

And BTW, your hysterical post is still irrelevant. Prescription pills, idiot.

stuka1
stuka1

We are not Jews here.

@DonkeyHotay = King of the Victimization Whiners, absolute legal imbecile

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... the Jews believe that an imaginary Eruv of string creates an enclosed space where they can hide from God's wrath.

The wrath of Law EnFORCEment will quickly disabuse you of your delusions regarding any unlawful outside grow.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 LOL indeed. Too bad you fail to see that the joke was and is on you. And again the point of that little indulgence in geometric paradoxes was to illustrate the idiocy of YOUR belief and claim that a fenced yard is not an "enclosed space". Of course you found out to your cost that legally it IS an "enclosed space", and that this use is precisely on point wrt the privacy and security concerns of growing as addressed by A64. 

Just one of many hysterical and completely innaccurate claims you have made here that has been soundly debunked.

hth you chickenshit whiny pussy.

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay Irrelevant misrepresenting quote mine much, you whiny pussy?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

"Growing inside a GREENHOUSE is growing outdoors."


"BECAUSE, DUMBASS, A64 pertains to RECREATIONAL USE ONLY."

"Oh, I forgot it also legalizes industrial hemp"

"A64 covers recreational use ONLY"

"I *ONLY* post honest facts"

"I retract nothing."

"Already got a greenhouse, not a problem for me.
"Artificial watering" is short for no rainwater." 

"Greenhouses use OUTSIDE growing METHODS -- no expensive LIGHTS, no ARTIFICIAL WATERING "

"Did I say I use ONLY rainwater."

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay Yes, continue to demonstrate your abject ignorance, whiny pussy.

stuka1
stuka1

@orson @stuka1 Oh but I DO understand it. However, you are being rather careless with this "you" business.

"I've gave [SIC] YOU..."

Um way to show how much smarter you are than everyone else.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@orson ... try the "delete" button, then repost.

Easier than the "repeal/replace" fantasy that stuka1 claims can be done with the dysfunctional defective A64.

orson
orson

@stuka1  

 damn wtf....me talk pretty one day

orson
orson

@stuka1@orson 

i've gave YOU the answer to your question, it's not my problem if YOU don't understand it.

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