'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle': Medical marijuana referendum and indoor sports facility in Collier

What’s new since the Collier County Commission endorsed the idea of a soccer complex December? Jeff Butzke and John Robinson, leaders of the project, weigh in. Will teens be harmed if a medical marijuana referendum passes in Florida? Will Florida become the next Colorado? Calvina Fay, leader of the opposition to the vote, which has been cleared by the Florida Supreme Court, urges against passage.

They are guests on "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

*Video highlights will be posted at naplesnews.com/newsmakers


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Calvina Fay

Lytle: So the referendum language is vague?

Fay: It is very vague. It would allow pretty much anyone to use it for any condition. It allows doctors that typically wouldn’t be providing patients with guidance to take a Schedule 1 drug. It would allow podiatrists, chiropractors ... these people typically don’t write prescriptions, but it would allow them to recommend marijuana. And it wouldn’t have to be your primary care physician. Think pill mills, think pill mills.

Lytle: Pot mills.

Fay: That is what we would have. The pill mills would become pot dispensaries.

Lytle: So Florida would become Colorado?

Fay: It would become Colorado. It would become California. It would become Oregon. I mean we have seen it in all the other states, where in some of these states they have more marijuana dispensaries than they do Starbucks.

NewsMakers Butzke Robinson

NewsMakers discussion on proposed soccer complex

Jeff Butzke and John Robinson

Lytle: So the indoor facility at the soccer complex would be like a field house?

Butzke: Well it wouldn’t be a field house necessarily. The plans right now are to have three indoor soccer fields, plus be able to have three volleyball, basketball courts. And then be able to use the soccer fields for potentially football, indoor football, or potentially for volleyball. The volleyball organizations feel that they can have big tournaments down here — AAU tournaments where they have 120 or more teams come to the Naples area to participate in these tournaments.

Lytle: Tennis?

Butzke: Probably not.

Lytle: Because of the surface?

Butzke: Yes, although who knows? You may be able to convert. We also hope to have an indoor track on the second floor. An indoor training facility, indoor rooms for video…. coaches coming in and showing not only the physical part of a sport but the technical and strategic part of the sport. And that’s going to be very important.

Robinson: It’s really a professional complex. And the beauty of this is when more people understand what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, and how we’re approaching it, and it’s not just always about the soccer side, but there’s also other sports, everything keeps evolving, like the volleyball, like the futsal, like maybe American football indoor turfing ... It’s different organizations with different ideas to bring to the table ... It ‘s part of the community. We want this to be a community thing where people … lots of sports come to where we hold tournaments.

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