Should medical marijuana be legalized in Florida? Executive Director of Save Our Society From Drugs says no

08/01/13 Robert Lorei
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Today on Radioactivity host Rob Lorei speaks with Calvina Fay, executive director of Save Our Society From Drugs and the Drug Free America Foundation. Fay is one of the leaders in the movement to stop medical marijuana from gaining acceptance across the country including next year’s effort to bring medical marijuana to Florida. A petition drive is getting underway that would put on next year’s Florida ballot a measure that would legalize medical marijuana. Fay says if this is passed Florida could see an increase in marijuana grow house activity as well as neighborhood pot shops. Listen to the full show above.





Studies and stories on today's show:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/11/weed_wont_turn.php

http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/costs/a/aa980415.htm

http://www.wfla.com/story/21866745/charges-dropped-against-manatee-couple-in-medical-marijuana-case

http://www.aclu.org/billions-dollars-wasted-racially-biased-arrests

http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/59-3470019/save-our-society-from-drugs.aspx

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It seemed to me that you were treating her more as a caller and less as a respected interview subject. When she told you she didn’t want to answer the question about her past because she perceived that as a personal question, you should have dropped it. She was getting escalated and instead of realizing that and deescalating, you chose to push the issue. I think in retrospect you can understand that she had a legitimate reason to draw the line and instead of repeating the question you could have rephrased the question to get at the core issue of how she perceived pot smokers as a whole, as opposed to alcohol drinkers. You do treat interview subjects with a courtesy not afforded to everyday callers as you should. Now for the issues. I was part of a community of herb growers years ago. We prided ourselves on using the best organic practices for our endeavor. We never would use pesticides with the rare exception of a pepper spray but only on the leaves before the onset of bud growth – the only part of the plant that gets smoked or eaten etc. We would never use more fertilizer than absolutely necessary because it’s not the right way to do things and because it leaves a residue in the taste which any experienced smoker will notice. Most of those in that community no longer take the risks associated with the still illegal substance. This leaves only the large scale growers who probably do it for the money and don’t take the care of the smaller scale passionate grower. Legalization would bring these dedicated growers back and ultimately have a positive effect on the community of smokers who is not ever going to disappear no matter what the lawmakers decide. As for herb smokers. Like the caller said many use pot as a way to deal with the challenges of everyday life. An after work smoke allows one to decompress and view things in a different perspective. As humans most of us are inclined to seek some kind of head change. Herb is by far the safest and least negative of the options available. This head change for many is part of a creative outlet. It allows one to gain perspective on life.



This was a good interview. You asked tough questions that she couldn't or wouldn't give answers to. I checked the website for Save Our Society, etc. and per her credentials she should have been able to give the answer to the question - does everyone who smokes MJ do it to get high? By the way I am - ahem - well over 21 and have never smoked MJ but find the drug laws draconian and believe that if someone is getting relief from pain or nausea it should be available to him/her. I once lived in a "dry township" and every year the ability to sell alcohol by the local supermarket came up on the ballot and got voted down. Since most folks I knew in that township drank (buying it in the neighboring town), I figured they went home and had a celebratory drink. Perhaps that will be what Ms. Fay will do. (that's a joke).



Oldsmar native, listening from Atlanta. Go Rob! You asked exactly the questions that need to be asked of these moral racketeers. Calvina Fay had no valid response to the ACLU findings describing the failed war on drugs, other than she herself does not "believe" them. I'm tired of policy makers pushing legislation based on anything other than facts and what works in practice. The Dream Defenders get it. Bad policy based on nothing more than moralization results in the unequal application of the law against historically marginalized groups. Often and throughout the history of this country, these policies have been pushed both by advocacy groups like that of Ms. Fay, and by more sinister lobbying entities that directly benefit from this continued subjugation. I think someone smoking pot is the lesser of these two evils.



I just put calvina fayes name into google and several videos came up with her debating others about this issue. She spouted the same talking points on these other videos. Rob took her out of her comfort zone on this issue as he should have. I don't think she used to having others take the other side of the issue as forcefully as Rob did. If you can't stand your ground and defend your position and take everything as a personal affront maybe you should find something else to do. 90 percent of the economic issues this station talks about I disagree with and I would not hang up on Rob if we had a debate about it.



I think you conducted a very good and proper interview-or at least you tried to! This woman seemed as tightly wound as a new watch from the get-go, speaking in a terse and snippy manner. She sounded as if she were talking in pre-rehearsed sound bites. She was defensive and pious. She also could not answer as to how she came by this statistic that people who smoke pot always do it to get high and drinkers don't do it to get even a "buzz" I am not a smoker, have never tried the stuff despite many chances to. I do enjoy good scotch, though! Maybe Calvina should come by for a drink at my house, I can show her the responsible way to taste and enjoy Scotland's finest. Meanwhile she should go on the ultra-conservative religious programs and share her 21st-Century version of Carrie Nation with the born-again "Christian" crowd.



There is a great article in this week's Creative Loafing about the legalization of marijuana. Florida made 57, 951 marijuana related arrests, the third most in the country. And on her mentioning weapons, dispensaries have the right to protect themselves just like any other business. She kept saying marijuana initiatives have led to more trouble than it's worth. If it's so ineffective, then why do states keep reforming their laws? Thought you had some reasonable questions to keep the argument unbiased and she just wasn't ready.



I was disappointed to learn that Calvina's org (I won't even name it here... not worth the effort) successfully got NASCAR to remove a pro-marijuana ad at the Brickyard race this past weekend. Calvina is wrong... not everyone uses pot to get high. A lot of MS patients use it as medicine, such as the lady from Palmetto. Calvina has never smoked pot and she's too scared because she's convinced the film Reefer Madness is a documentary. Bee-yach, please!!



Excellent Job Calvina! ....at making you and your organization look like a total FRAUD! Hearing you run and hide with your tail between your legs by hanging up on WMNF was hilarious. Thanks for the laughs! Next time you go on the air and take questions please make sure to read up on the topic ok? Rob



The medical uses of marijuana go beyond the relief of pain. Some of the chemical constituents of the weed have been identified as being promising in the treatment and possible curing of cancer. This is a very useful plant which can be used to produce paper, clothes, oil, renewable fuel. It can also be used in cooking. Family friend and Sarasota Herald-Tribune food writer Linda Brandt recently featured the cooking uses of hemp in her column for the paper. Suppressing this useful plant is abusing it far more than enjoying its high is.



The medical uses of marijuana go beyond the relief of pain. Some of the chemical constituents of the weed have been identified as being promising in the treatment and possible curing of cancer. This is a very useful plant which can be used to produce paper, clothes, oil, renewable fuel. It can also be used in cooking. Family friend and Sarasota Herald-Tribune food writer Linda Brandt recently featured the cooking uses of hemp in her column for the paper. Suppressing this useful plant is abusing it far more than enjoying its high is.



I didn't realize that Drug Free America Foundation is based in St. Pete! It's at 5999 Central Ave, Ste. 301. Phone: (727) 828-0211. Maybe we locals should show up or call and let Calvina know what we think about her misinformation campaign. Since she's here in Florida, I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more of her B.S. in the coming months. Check out the DFAF website too... at first I thought I was on a comedy website!



Just my 2 cents on the issue: The study concluded that alcohol was the most harmful drug overall (72 out of 100), followed by heroin (55 out of 100), and crack cocaine (54 out of 100). The most harmful drugs to users were crack cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine (scores 37, 34, and 32, respectively), whereas alcohol, heroin, and crack cocaine were the most harmful to others (46, 21, and 17, respectively). Cannabis (aka marijuana) had an overall harm score of 20, putting it in eighth place behind amphetamine (aka speed) and before GHB (aka liquid ecstasy). According to: http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004477