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Calvina Fay Announces her retirement from Drug Free America Foundation
For Immediate Release
St. Petersburg, FL – Thursday, April 26, 2018- Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation announced at Wednesday night’s Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala that she will be retiring at the end of the month. Fay has been executive director of the organization for twenty years and a drug prevention advocate for over thirty-five years.
As Calvina Fay steps down as executive director, she does so after a distinguished career in drug prevention that few can match. “Under Calvina Fay’s leadership, Drug Free America has had a profound impact in Florida, in the United States and throughout the world,” according to Betty Sembler, founder of Drug Free America Foundation.
In her remarks, Fay thanked everyone for their support throughout the years and encouraged them to continue the fight. “Drug Free America Foundation has left an enormous footprint on the effort to combat substance abuse, and I know through our shared commitment this organization will continue to lead the way,” Fay said. “Without the efforts of this organization, I am convinced that schedule one drugs like heroin, LSD, PCP and marijuana would be legal, and the number of young people using these illicit drugs would be far greater,” she added.
In addition to her work with Drug Free America Foundation, Fay was a founding board member of Save Our Society from Drugs (S.O.S.) and was president of Drug Watch International, a network engaged in combating the drug legalization movement globally. She has served as an advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as well as several political leaders, including President George W. Bush, on drug policy issues.
Fay is considered a pioneering expert on workplace drug abuse prevention programs. She has authored several books, including The Supervisor’s Handbook for Preventing Drug Abuse in the Workplace and Starting a Drug Free Business Initiative, as well as numerous newsletters and publications in the field on regional and national levels. She was the managing editor and co-author of A Report on Employer Attitudes and the Impact of Drug Control Strategies on Workplace Productivity. She also served as the managing editor of a monograph titled Drug Abuse in the Decade of the Brain.
Fay also holds a master’s degree in business administration and has built and sold two successful businesses. She has taught at a number of universities including Argentina’s Universidad del Salvador, where she was named an honorary professor.
Fay expressed her optimism that the momentum will continue and increase under new leadership. “Amy Ronshausen, the incoming executive director, shares my passion for this mission. I have been privileged to have her by my side for the past 10 years, and this organization is fortunate to have her as its next leader,” Fay concluded.
“We here at ‘DONT LEGALIZE DRUGS’ are very sorry to see a wonderful champion for best practice drug policy advocacy, step back.
Calvina’s commitment and contribution to the health and well-being of our society has been stellar and rarely equaled. We want to thank her and her family for their superlative dedication and remarkable impact and legacy!
She will be missed – But not forgotten!”
US seizes pot-growing houses tied to China-based criminals
McGregor Scott, the U.S. Attorney For the Eastern District of California, discusses the months-long investigation that led to the law enforcement raids on illegal pot grows in roughly 100 Northern California homes, during an interview the Associated Press, April 4, 2018, in Sacramento,
Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuanaillegally, authorities said Wednesday.
The raids culminated a monthslong investigation focusing on dozens of Chinese nationals who bought homes in seven counties. Most of the buyers were in the country legally and were not arrested as authorities investigate if they were indebted to the gang and forced into the work, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said.
Much of the pot was shipped to Georgia, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania through Atlanta, Chicago and New York City, he said. The drug is legal in California but requires permits to grow and can’t be sent across state lines. It is still banned by the U.S. government.
Black-market pot-growing houses have proliferated in the inland California region where authorities carried out the raids, and many of them were traced to Chinese criminal organizations from the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-2000s, Scott said. The high number of grow houses in the area may be because of low property prices compared with the Bay Area and the state’s large Chinese population, the prosecutor said.
Scott called the recent crackdown “a game-changer” that may have cost the criminal organization “hundreds of millions of dollars” in lost drug profits and the money it spent on the homes.
“It hits the criminals right where it counts — in the pocketbook,” he said.
Authorities tracked at least 125 wire transfers totaling $6.3 million from Fujian Province in China, all just below the $50,000 limit imposed by the Chinese government.
In a disgusting display of hypocrisy, former House Speaker John Boehner joined the marijuana legalization movement earlier this week after opposing cannabis reform for decades. Boehner claims that his position on marijuana has “evolved” in recent years, but the move is depressingly consistent with his stance toward cashing in on his political influence.
Boehner declared his new position on marijuana at the same time as announcing his decision to join the cannabis investment group Acreage Holdings as a member of its board of advisors (likely a euphemism for unregistered lobbyists).
That coincidence might seem innocent until you consider Boehner’s track record of selling out to to special-interest groups.
Back in 1995, then Congressman Boehner handed out checks from tobacco lobbyists to his colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives while the chamber was deliberating whether or not to support government subsidies for tobacco farmers. That’s right: he was acting as Big Tobacco’s messenger boy by brazenly handing out checks in plain sight.
So it’s no surprise that after leaving Congress in 2015, Boehner immediately took a position as a lobbyist for Reynolds America – the distributors of Camels, which just so happen to be Boehner’s favorite cigarettes. It was the perfect job for the politician that NPR dubbed “the nation’s highest-ranking smoker” during his tenure as House Speaker. But that title is actually a misnomer because Boehner only approved of puffing one specific plant.
While shilling for Big Tobacco, Boehner spoke out against marijuana – a significantly less harmful substance than cigarettes. But that didn’t stop Boehner from becoming one of the biggest proponents of the debunked ‘gateway drug‘ theory while serving as House Speaker.
“I am unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug,” he told Bloombergback in 2011. “I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.”
That bit about alcohol is particularly galling since Boehner cozied up to liquor lobbyists during his time on Capital Hill. Between 1991 and 2004, Boehner’s political action committee took in $110,000 from the Wine and Sprits Wholesalers of America – one of many alcohol lobbies that invested in Boehner to represent their interests in Congress.
While speaking up for tobacco and liquor lobbyists, Boehner tried to silence the will of voters in Washington, DC by voting against implementing a successful ballot initiative to let patients in the District use medical marijuana. Of course, that was back in 1999 – when there wasn’t much money to be made in the marijuana industry. Now that state-legalized markets are making billions in sales every year, it’s no surprise that Boehner has suddenly “evolved” on the issue. For complete story Backflipping Boehner
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR MURPHY FIGHTS FOR MARIJUANA INDUSTRY
Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy vowed to fight for the legalization of marijuana, despite opposition in his own party, the Democratic Party of New Jersey. New Jersey’s Black Caucus and many Democratic representative support decriminalization as a better alternative. Governor Murphy seems to be acting recklessly.
New Jersey’s new governor should know that Colorado has a $500 -700 million budget deficit this year, and that Colorado Governor Hickenlooper advised other governors not to legalize. All drugs become more available via legalization of marijuana.
Ties to Cannabis Industry and Lobby
However, the governor’s chief of staff, Peter Cammarano, founded the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association. Cammarano did not disclose who is on the trade group’s board, but one wonders how much its members donated to Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign.
If the industry donated to Murphy’s campaign, one can consider this money “blood money.” Legalization usually leads to more people using all drugs, and more DUI driving deaths. In the midst of an opioid crisis, this policy normalizes pot use rather than offering people an alternative of recovery, hope, and success.
SAM and RAMP oppose Legalization
Do you want a New Jersey with more or fewer people using drugs? Do you want a state with more impaired drivers on the road or fewer of them? In the midst of an opioid crisis, do you want to further drug normalization?
We all know who will pay for this policy – vulnerable communities (where do YOU think pot shops will end up?), our youth (what parent can honestly say that using pot is GOOD for their kids?), and Garden State taxpayers (today’s highly potent THC is linked to a host of problems, including mental illness). And we know drug dealers will thrive under legalization by evading taxes, undercutting the legal price, and selling to kids. If we have an age limit as the Governor proposes, who do we think will keep selling pot to a 12-year-old? Just ask Colorado, where a major newspaper just labeled the state “marijuana’s black market hub.”
Marijuana linked to ‘unbearable’ sickness across US as use grows following legalisation
‘The pain was unbearable, like somebody was wringing out my stomach like a washcloth’
By the time Thomas Hodorowski made the connection between his marijuana habit and the bouts of pain and vomiting that left him incapacitated every few weeks, he had been to the emergency room dozens of times, tried anti-nausea drugs, anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants, endured an upper endoscopy procedure and two colonoscopies, seen a psychiatrist and had his appendix and gallbladder removed.
The only way to get relief for the nausea and pain was to take a hot shower.
He often stayed in the shower for hours at a time. When the hot water ran out, “the pain was unbearable, like somebody was wringing my stomach out like a washcloth”, said Hodorowski, 28, a production and shipping assistant who lives outside Chicago.
It was nearly 10 years before a doctor finally convinced him that the diagnosis was cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a condition that causes cyclic vomiting in heavy marijuana users and can be cured by quitting marijuana.
Until recently the syndrome was thought to be uncommon or even rare. But as marijuana use has increased, emergency room physicians say they have seen a steady flow of patients with the telltale symptoms, especially in states where marijuana has been decriminalised and patients are more likely to divulge their drug use to physicians.
“After marijuana was legalised in Colorado, we had a doubling in the number of cases of cyclic vomiting syndrome we saw,” many probably related to marijuana use, said Dr Cecilia J Sorensen, an emergency room doctor at University of Colorado Hospital at the Anschutz medical campus in Aurora, who has studied the syndrome.
Dr Eric Lavonas, director of emergency medicine at Denver Health and a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, said, “CHS went from being something we didn’t know about and never talked about to a very common problem over the last five years.”
Now a new study, based on interviews with 2,127 adult emergency room patients under 50 at Bellevue, a large public hospital in New York City, found that of the 155 patients who said they smoked marijuana at least 20 days a month, 51 heavy users said they had during the past six months experienced nausea and vomiting that were specifically relieved by hot showers.
Extrapolating from those findings, the authors estimated that up to 2.7 million of the 8.3 million Americans known to smoke marijuana daily or near daily may suffer from at least occasional bouts of CHS.
WATCH: Trudeau officials can’t answer simple question on his pot law
So how many pot plants can you have when the new law legalizing marijuana, sorry cannabis, takes effect?
Can you have two plants, four plants, more plants? Does it matter if the plants are budding or flowering?
That last part is a question that Senator Denise Batters wanted to know the answer to. Batters, a lawyer and former top aide to a provincial justice minister had read the legislation and found it didn’t quite make sense.
So at the Senate Legal Affairs Committee, Senator Batters asked the representatives from Public Safety and the RCMP about some confusion in the law which at Section 8.1 (e) states that it is illegal, “for an individual to possess more than four cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering.”
Batters had a simple question, “Does that mean that you could potentially possess more than four plants if they are budding or flowering?”
After a long pause, officials say they can’t answer the question
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COURT OF APPEALS RULES DOJ CAN ENFORCE LAW ON FEDERAL LAND
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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Justice can go after pot growers on federal lands. The ruling says a congressional budgetary restriction preventing the enforcement of federal laws in medical pot states does not apply to the growing and manufacturing of marijuana on federal land.
Under the court’s ruling, pot growers can now be investigated by DEA and prosecuted by United States Attorneys if their pot operations occurred on federal lands managed by the Forest Service and other federal agencies, even in states where “medical” marijuana is allowed.
Instead of changing laws, Congress has passed budget measures that prevent the Department of Justice from going after pot growers. In this regard, Congress shamelessly joined many states in selectively choosing which laws should be enforced.
Court of Appeals leads the way
However, this new ruling is a victory for federal law which could put a damper on the burgeoning marijuana industry. Many people consider the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which rules California and other Western states the most liberal circuit court in the country.
A Silent Poison details how growers in Northern California are destroying the environment and public lands. Some pot growers use and abuse federal lands under the guise of producing “medicine.” Two California counties have called a “state of emergency” and asked for help in dealing with the illegal growers.
Evidence of Pot Industry Lies to Justify Legalization
Two of the biggest lies used by the pot industry uses to justify legalization are: 1) legalizing will keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and 2) legalization will destroy the black market. We have never had more powerful evidence to the contrary.
According to the latest National Survey for Drug Use and Health, NSDUH, states that have legalized marijuana in some form have the highest youth use rates in the nation. A chart from the NSDUH summarizes the 2015-2016 survey. This information is one of the most powerful documents expose the lies of the pot industry.
For complete article http://www.poppot.org/2018/04/10/court-rules-doj-can-enforce-law-federal-land/