Top Five "Questionable Characters" Involved With Drug Free Florida

Categories: Marijuana

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Drug Free Florida, the group that is putting on the full-court press to get Floridians to vote against medical marijuana, has been active in getting its message out, particularly with videos and with big-time donors coming from the woodwork to finance the cause.

But as much as the group wants to "educate" the state on the supposed dangers of medical marijuana, it sure has surrounded itself with what United for Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara calls "questionable characters."

Most notable is the recent $2.5 million donation from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

"The Anti-Amendment 2 movement is now showing its true face," Pollara says. "Now more than ever, the people behind Drug Free Florida lack any moral standing to pronounce themselves on anything related to the health and well-being of Floridians."

From a homophobe to a bigot, Drug Free Florida has been rallying major support from some, let's call em dubious folks.

Here are the top five you should know about:

See also: Florida Medical Marijuana's Biggest Opponents and Threats

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5. Florida Sheriffs Association
The FSA is the big name behind the Drug Free Florida campaign, with an organized movement to try and "educate" Floridians on the dangers of medical marijuana being legalized.

They're taking old talking points and pushing the dubious factoid that the "Food and Drug Administration continues to reaffirm that there is no medical benefit provided by smoking marijuana."

Their biggest move so far has been to release an ad called "Devil in the Details" that claims that Amendment 2 is fraught with legal loopholes and language that would allow pot to be smoked and sold on the streets willy-nilly.

These supposed "loopholes" have been addressed by the Florida Supreme Court, which has ruled that the amendment will be used only in cases of debilitating illness.

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4. Sarah Bascom
Bascom is a Florida-based lobbyist, most notable for the Dosal Tobacco Corp.

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knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

For every American behind bars, for a non-violent marijuana related offense, the federal government is guilty of wrongful prosecution, and they know it. When you study how the Nixon policy of scheduling against what his medical adviser Dr. Egeberg who was bullied into only a temporary classification #1 and discarded 700 pages of his own commissioned Shafer report. This was all about getting back at his enemies.

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

from 0 states to almost 30, marijuana is now the MAJORITY.....those top 5 are nothing but scrubs.....can't stop this tidal wave

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13


ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana....changed the world

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

Mel Sembler’s name is most likely to strike fear into the hearts of anyone involved in teen drug rehabs. Sembler and his wife, Betty, founded a chain of such institutions under the name Straight, Inc., which at its peak in the ‘80s had 12 clinics in nine states and a track record of extreme abuse.


In one of many stories from Straight that have been exposed, a teenage girl testified to being compelled into the program after being caught with an airline bottle of liquor given to her by a friend, and then beaten, raped, locked in a janitor’s closet in pants soiled by urine, feces, and menstrual blood..


Newton, who held a PhD in public administration from an unaccredited institution, was chosen by the Semblers to be their national clinical director. He has had to pay out over $12 million in damages to his victims, who he has thrown against walls, held against their will, kidnapped, restrained in leg irons, forced into servitude, and otherwise abused."


Source: http://www.thefix.com/content/romney-sembler-drug-advisor-teen-rehab-abuse8515


usmc3266
usmc3266

vote yes on #2 let drug free florida waste money from contributors who dont care about money.... the difference between United for care.... is the people came together and are rallying across the state of florida... they are contributing.... they are educating people from there hearts giving real life testimonys....   all drug free florida will do is come up with another bogus ad on tv, magazines, newspapers, and stir up propaganda....   with there billionaire investor....


FOR THE PEOPLE!     

ladygalactor777
ladygalactor777

I will vote YES on #2 because cigarettes & alcohol is WORST!

gstoikos
gstoikos

Sheldon Adelson has his head so far up Rick Scott's ass so he can get ok to gambling and Casinos and organized crime spread across Florida - SAY NO TO GAMBLING in FLORIDA. We don't this type of crime to spread. This will increase robberies, muggings, murders and crime in general across FLORIDA. and these guys think MEDICAL Marijuana will be a problem. "Wait and see when this guy hangs on to Scott's BALLS....Barney "JUDD" Fife  too... SAY "YES" on 2 in November - Florida Supreme Court OKs Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative...... 

gstoikos
gstoikos

Sheldon Adelson has his head so far up Rick Scott's ass so he can get ok to gambling and Casinos and organized crime spread across Florida - SAY NO TO GAMBLING in FLORIDA. We don't this type of crime to spread. This will increase robberies, muggings, murders and crime in general across FLORIDA. and these guys think MEDICAL Marijuana will be a problem. "Wait and see when this guy hangs on to Scott's BALLS....Barney "JUDD" Fife  too... SAY "YES" on 2 in November - Florida Supreme Court OKs Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative...... 


bjohnmasters
bjohnmasters

It needs to always be noted that, after his time in the Regan Administration, Turner was the CEO a pharmaceutical firm (and I think remains on the board of several)...so no conflict of interest there...none at all.

Shorecrest
Shorecrest

The funniest thing is I've personally soked a lot of weed with multiple of Mel Sembler's grandchildren.


His grandson Logan was the biggest pothead at our entire high school. Guess the rules don't apply to Sembler's, eh Mel?

dahnkster
dahnkster

The Jenkins family who own Publix grocery chain also donated $100,000 in opposition to Amendment 2. Why would Publix be opposed to legal medical marijuana for cancer patients, terminal cases and the chronically ill? Is it because they also own pharmacies, or because they are worried it will have a negative impact on alcohol & tobacco sales? It is crystal clear why Sheriff's Association is opposed. It will cut in on their lucrative forfeiture profits and they might have to arrest actual dangerous criminals instead of marijuana smokers. Where is the profit in that. Follow the money.

hempstaff
hempstaff topcommenter

Good Job calling out these people!    Everyone needs to know the REAL motives behind the opposition.


VOTE YES on #2!   Looking to work with Medical Marijuana in Florida?  Check us out at HempStaff dot com.

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armandjstephenson

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anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@dahnkster Damnit!!! I really liked shopping at Publix too... Guess it's a good thing they opened up a SweetBay close to my home since I sure don't want my money to go into the pockets of those who advocate for continued suffering and incarceration for their fellow Floridians. :(

cgrant747
cgrant747

What about the side trying to legalize ? Morgan and Morgan ?

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