Drug Free America Foundation
The Drug Free America Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to "developing, promoting and sustaining global strategies, policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, drug-related injury and death."
It is currently led by Betty Sembler, wife of Italian Ambassador Mel Sembler, and Calvina L. Fay, a "drug prevention expert" with over 20 years in the field. Neither woman is known to hold any medical degrees, or any certification in drug prevention.
The Sembler's have been past major contributors to Republican canidates, most notably George W. Bush, who appointed Mel Sembler for his current ambassadorship. Betty Sembler's birthday was declared "Betty Sembler Day" in Florida, by proclamation of Jeb Bush, who also was a close friend and recipient of Sembler donations (Betty had actually worked on Jeb's previous governor campaigns).
Connection to Straight Inc.
DFAF was originally known as Straight Inc, a residential treatment program for children. However, after numerous complaints and lawsuits (Straight Inc. Alleged Abuses) Straight Inc shut down or spun off its residential treatment programs, and entered the then burgeoning field of work place drug prevention, securing Federal funding to promote programs that advocated a drug free workplace, usually through drug test screening. It now engages in a number of lobbying efforts to counter harm reduction efforts, most notably needle exchange programs, decriminilization, and elimination of mandatory minimum sentencing guidlines. It also promotes mandatory school drug testing.
With various medical marijuana victories in the late 90's, as well as a changing attitude towards drug usage, DFAF began a mission to combat drug policy reform groups. Both Betty Sembler and Calvina L. Fay are also the founders of SOS, Save Our Society, a organization that fights medical marijuana and regulation initiatives.
Drug Free America Foundation, Inc.
Post Office Box 11298, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-1298
Phone: (727) 828-0211
Fax: (727) 828-0212