Avon Park Projected Cost of Production and Sales of Marijuana

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To: Maria Sutherland – Administrative Services Director

From: Rev. Frank Paul Jones – President and CEO – The NCNCHINC

RE: Avon Park Projected Cost of Production and Sales of Marijuana

Date: 13 March 2014

Florida Medical Marijuana is Almost Complete Legalization:

http://frankpaulgambino.com/2014/02/24/florida-medical-marijuana-is-almost-complete-legalization/

If you read the law you will see that a lot of people for a lot of reasons will be able to get medical marijuana. As long as a doctor feels you will benefit more by using marijuana than by not using it, he/she can give you a prescription. It is the last clause of debilitating medical conditions.

1) “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.

My argument isn’t about why what will happen on November 4th will happen, but about the government being fiscally responsible with this new tax revenue that will only continue to grow with time as Federal law changes as well.

The City Avon Park should control both production and distribution of medical marijuana here in the city limits of Avon Park, FL.

1: We should have a farm located in the Southside Redevelopment Area.

2: We should have a dispensary located in the Southside Redevelopment Area, that will act as the main artery for the legal distribution of medical marijuana with its associated tax stickers from State, County and City Governments.

Here is my breakdown for the production and sales of medical marijuana. I think everything is negotiable.  A quarter ounce should go for about $25 and one ounce for about $75 of quality marijuana. Because we will grow it the cost of production isn’t that high and we must beat out the street dealers by having high quality marijuana at low costs to the consumers.  And prices can be adjusted in the future once the farm is in full swing.

1,000 patients times $25 or one quarter once per month = $25,000 per month gross sale. The money would be divided as follows. But we figure on doing $100,000 worth of business within one year, so multiply these figures by 4, to get a realistic and honest projection.

Labor: $6,250 per month – per year = $75,000 for the payroll

Security: $5,000 Cameras and stuff connected to the police department

Taxes: $120,000

(a) State $5,000 per month – per year $60,000

(b) County $2,500 per month – Per year $30,000

(c) City $2,500 per month – per year $30,000

Equipment and Supplies: $3,750

Labor: 25% of cost

(a) Farm labor:

(b) Dispensary Labor:

Security: 20% of cost

(a) Special Unit from the Avon Park Police Department

(b) Support from the Highlands County Sheriff Department

Taxes: 40% of cost

(a) State: 20%

(b) County 10%

(c) City 10%

Equipment and Supplies 15%:

(a) Equipment

(b) Breeding Supplies for special products

I think if we take a proactive response to the legislation on the ballot for November 4th, 2014, we would start planning now for what is an inevitable future in the United States and soon to be reality in the State Florida. We must be fiscally responsible and fair about the distribution of this new tax revenue.

I think with the CDBG Grant coming to South Delaney Avenue, the only other wise thing to do that is just needing immediately attention, is to redevelop the Southside Business District. I for one need a parking lot so we can offer instructional services at our location and some AC units. The Rib Shack needs much more help than I do and they and Catlin Lounge are historical building, which you already have new grants for. We simply want to get up the other half of that money to make these grants real options to those who need them most.

Sincerely;

Rev. Frank Paul Jones

Highlands Today Clarified False Statement Against Frank Paul Jones

Paul in Avon Park, FL

Highlands Today Clarified False Statement Against Frank Paul Jones

 

In a libelous article written by Paul Catala of the Highlands Today Newspaper located in Highlands   County, Florida, they made false statements about me. They said I was charged with stalking Janet Jackson and went to prison for threatening President George H. W. Bush, Michael J. Jackson and John J. Gotti. These statements was false and the news journalist Paul Catala found this misinformation on the world wide web, instead of doing investigative reporting. The internet is full of lies about me.

 

They (The Highlands Today) did a clarification on February 11th about 12 days later saying to the effect that the charges were dropped and because of this I was never charged, but the fact of the matter is that there were never any charges to be dropped. They stood behind their story about me going to prison for those other threats, but clarified why I actually was convicted. So I guess people who read this article in the future will know the truth if you read between the lines, so they did enough to make themselves happy I guess, but libel was still committed against me in my humble opinion.

 

Highlands Today is operated under the Tampa Tribune, who is owned by Revolution Capital Group who is a $1.1 Trillion investment firm, who probably have lawyers out of this world. So a lawsuit isn’t really an option, because finding a lawyer to take this case is probably not going to happen, because the damages would not satisfy the expenses to go up against them.   So I guess I just have to be happy with what I got out of them and settle for this clarification, which I feel is short of a full retraction and apology on the front page, like the article was placed.

 

I guess in a way this is the beginning of the truth being told about me, because for many years people picked at me calling me a stalker and claiming I went to Janet Jackson’s house harassing her. This was a lie from the beginning told by her brother Jermaine Jackson to destroy my creditability and character. If people believed these lies and now know they are lies from the clarification by Highlands Today, they should now wonder why these lies were told to begin with.  And I just told you why. And if you believe me or not, you should now wonder why he wanted to destroy my name if I was just a nutcase.

 

Head of Avon Park Outreach Group Tries to Move Forward

In the Highlands Today Newspaper

http://highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/head-of-avon-park-outreach-group-tries-to-move-forward-from-criminal-past-20140131/

Hyperlinks to News Article Above

Frank Paul Jones

President and CEO – The NCNCHINC

Paul Catala of Highlands Today News Wronged Me and Our Organization

Paul in Avon Park, FL

Paul Catala of Highlands Today News Wronged Me and Our Organization

I think Paul Catala is a good journalist, however he might no have meant any good to us. He did three articles with us in one week. And he seemed to accomplish his goal, which was to make us seem chaotic, psychotic and criminal minded. If I did not know better, this is what my conclusion would be.  What he did was a disservice our organization and its leadership. And he even attempted to create dissention among our ranks.

 

A lot of what he published was inaccurate.  Most of what he said about my personal past was based on tabloid media, that he got off of the internet, without any investigative reporting. It was based on misinformation.  Code for tabloid!    For example I was a never stalker, this is untrue. I was never tried or even charged for stalking anyone, this was merely a rumor that Jermaine Jackson the brother of Janet Jackson started in Los   Angeles in a tabloid, which was picked up by other media, became mainstream and was made to seem like it was reality. While I was on lockdown in a detention center in Los   Angeles and could not defend myself against these celebrities trying to destroy my character.  And they succeeded.  Someone showed me the lie when he told it to he news, so I know how it started.  In the same manner Rene Elizondo, Janet Jackson’s then live-in boyfriend started the rumor I was delusional. I was destroyed by the media.  For the records I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I went to the White House and not for being delusional.  Now you ask yourself why they went to these extremes to destroy my character?

 

Did I threaten President George H. W. Bush, Michael J. Jackson and John J. Gotti, well if anything it took balls and yes I did and was never charged for these threats, yet Paul Catala said I went to prison for this.  .But the reason for me resorting to making threats, was because I honestly believed I was involved with covert operations for the government in association with Organized Crime and thought I did good things for our country while in the military and before my military service and afterwards. But I realized they had no intentions of compensating me for my work and I raise hell about my money, which I believed much of it was tied up in the Jackson’s estate. Today I am broke and today Michael is dead, I had nothing to do with that, but still there were no winners. The money I didn’t get he didn’t live to spend either!

 

Now know some facts about me, I left home at age 17 to join the U.S. Army and traveled the world and country until I was about 30 year old. Never staying in one place for more than a year and a half at most. Then at 30 or 31 years of age this all happened.  So how can anyone say they know where I have been and what I have done?  I am delusional? Are you certain about this or is this an assumption based on what you cannot possibly know about me and this includes my closest family members? People think they know me, but very few people know anything about me. I am not saying I am not delusional but ask your neighborhood doctor, must delusions are mixed up with facts. So what is true and what is untrue? People judged me for the past 25 years, but know nothing whatsoever about me or where I have been or my associations with John J. Gotti, Janet Jackson or even the President. All you know I did it (threatened Powerful People)  and nothing significant happened to me, other than I am broke which was why I raise hell.  . In the Janet Jackson infamous case I pled bargained calling myself doing her a favor. They would have never convicted me because nobody was going to testify.  And today I regret this!

 

About our organization, we were depicted as a bozo operation without any focus or realistic goals. I never said I was going to build a 15 computers workstation. Think about it, where would I put all of these computers? I never said I was going to turn our headquarters location into a homeless shelter. Again where would I put these beds and how would they shower, this place in not equipped  to do such a thing.  Yes we want a soup kitchen, but in another location and we would like to feed people out of here, but plates would be limited due to our limited cooking facilities.  And yes we want a non  profit newspaper, so that the people in our community can be informed about real issues and be told facts instead of this type of trash put out by the Highlands Today. Hell they couldn’t even get our  address correct at our headquarters location and he visited us at our building in person. A Street?  There is no A Street in Avon Park, we are on South Avenue A, Avon Park, FL and not A Street.  But he cared so much about us?  Not even enough to correct this?

 

I know how some of the people here in Avon Park feel about me and I would not be surprised if people put him up to this character assassination. And some of the things he said about me were true, but even the devil mixes truth with lies. I do not even know if Paul Catala meant any harm, but the end result was a bad introduction of us to the community. And the travesty is I told him the truth of the matter and he went with Google and what was already said about me that was not ever factual in most cases, because he had a deadline.

 

Frank Paul Jones

 

Article about the NCNCHINC published in Highlands Today Newspaper

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Article about the NCNCHINC published in Highlands Today Newspaper

 

An article about our organization was written by the Highlands Today Newspaper on Sunday 26 January 2014.

 

It is called “Avon Park’s Community Network Wiring into Togetherness.”

http://highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/avon-parks-community-network-wiring-into-togetherness-20140126/

Hyperlinks Above:

 

 

It was pretty accurate, however we only need 9 computers, whereby 6 will be made available to the public and 3 will be for administrative use.  We will have our own 501 c 3 by mid February and all future donations after that will go to us directly. We are currently using a fiscal sponsorship, but this should change soon.

 

Thank you for reading it.

 

Frank Paul Jones

President and CEO – The NCNCHINC

 

 

Paul Reflects on the Year 2013

Paul in limo

Paul Reflects on the Year 2013

I moved down here to Avon Park, Florida in November 2009. It is a small town or city, depending on who describes it. It is considered a rural area. Avon Park is a part of Highlands County with about 100,000 people and it has a population of under 10,000 people, with about 59% white and 29% black people as residents. I am from New York City born and raised in the borough of Queens, in the Long Island City area. I am from a project complex called The Queensbridge Projects. Back in New York City is where most of my friends are located, here I have plenty of family but few friends if any, with the understanding that a true friend is rare anyway. And due to trust issues, I am slow to make friends now. And instead of a project apartment, I have small house to live in.

Now I am 54 years old going on 65 on 4 March 2014, I really feel like I aged over the past 4 years, quicker than I should have. Avon Park has a weak real estate market now due to the real estate crash in Florida and it will be weak for a few years to come before it recovers. So if I was in the market to buy a bigger home and I might be in a year or so, I could purchase something nice for a little money. Also, we have an office building, which is owned by a non profit organization which I am the President and Chairman of and as the agent of the NCNCHINC, I have a lot of say as to this real estate and it uses.

Our organization was designed by me and we are into artistic programs, such as a recording studio, live performances (giving and sponsoring shows), a non profit newspaper, a magazine, workshops for creative writing, music production and job search. So the organization by design supports what I want to do with the rest of my life, which is to make music and write stuff and share what I know with the younger generation. So I should be energetic and enthusiastic about our prospects, but I miss my friends and I miss New York City. I am not really happy down here to be honest.

I might be going into the hospital real soon for inpatient therapy dealing with an old issue that has gone untreated and unresolved for many years. And while at the VA Medical Center, I have to make major decisions about how I want to live the rest of my life. And because I feel my days are limited, as I said I have aged a lot in spirit the last few years, I have little room for error. Whatever I decide to do, I have to go at it with both feet in, knowing there is no turning back this time. If I buy a house, I know I will have to live in it for a while, if not the rest of my life. And for this reason I think I need to visit New York City next year (2014), because I remember something I did in the past that I have to also consider. When I was 18 years old and was in the Army in Germany, I got out of the Army to go back home (homesick), only to realize there was nothing there for me, which was why I left, only to reenlist and lose 4 years in my career in the process.

I now have an opportunity here in Avon Park, Florida to fulfill many of my dreams, but it seems like I am homesick again. And if things fall my way, economically I would be better off here in Avon Park and I have the setup to help others in the process of helping myself, while living comfortably. I do not know what I want to do, but I know I have to make a clear and concise decision soon.

The year 2013 for me is a year of finality. I have been working hard on the NCNCHINC for about 4 years now. When I got here, we had a skeleton with a leaky roof and we had no money to fix it. My sister Egeria RIP, left us money that we were able to use some of it to replace the roof and while we are still pending our 501 c 3 statuses, we have a fiscal sponsor, which now allows us to accept tax deductible charitable donations in the interim, something we could not do for years. So it looks like things are looking up and in my favor finally with the Veterans Affairs Department. I now have lawyer working my service connected disability case, who is doing a fine job I must add. So things might happen for me and our organization in 2014. And to walk away from this could turn out to be very foolish of me. Like when I got out of the Army the first time, to go back to nothing.

I think the right answers will come to me, when I go into therapy, which will last a few weeks, whereby the whole time will be for me to focus on me and what I want to do with the rest of my life. And now all I really want out of life, is to make sense of my existence. I plan to start my autobiography soon and all I want is for my life to have meaning and I understand the reason I was put on earth to begin with. And I just want to do something good before the end of the final chapter.

Frank Paul Jones
President of the NCNCHINC

Coward Thugs Place Two Bullet Holes in Blue Building

Blue Building

Coward Thugs Place Two Bullet Holes in Blue Building

It was very early in the morning about 4:00 AM on Monday November 4th, 2013. I heard about 4 or 5 gun shots fired from a large gun and then I went back to sleep.  It was my poor judgment to not call the police, because I felt this is the way of Delaney Avenue, in the Southside Redevelopment Area of Avon Park. You get used to this where I live.  Then two day later, I discovered two large bullet holes in our headquarters building and one of them was about 2 or 3 feet from the window where my desk is at. I then informed the sheriff department, but it was too late to investigate the shooting.  This hampered my morale.  I asked myself, why do I bother to even stay here, because these people really do not care about anything?

 

I left New York City my hometown where I was loved and had some real friends and an opportunity with Services for the Underserved (SUS) an 85 Million dollar annual non profit organization, whereby I worked in the central office with my own cubicle in a job program, to come here to Avon Park to do community work.

 

This year we started Project Creativity, which is an artistic program that reaches out to disadvantaged young adults, basically between the ages of 18 to 35. I think it is a wonderful idea and program that could help many of the people we are targeting. But I feel betrayed by them, because of this senseless shooting that was very dangerous. I could have been killed, because sometimes I am in the office funny hours, to do recording studio work during quiet hours like very early in the morning.

 

However, I feel the problem is really bigger than these kids.  The City of Avon Park and County of Highlands, placed them into this vicinity by design to cause mayhem and destruction.  See we had a place for the late party goers called the Beachfront. It is now owned by Royal Empire Invest Corp Trustee.  It is worth over 250G, yet they cannot even open the establishment due to politics, even after investing over 100G in renovations.  I think there is something unethical going on here.  The word is out that they cannot get water on their property and therefore cannot open the club and the City and County is stopping them because of the crime rate that was once there.

 

However, the Beachfront is isolated with one way in and one way out, while the Southside Redevelopment Area is a residential area. So all of the late hanging out now takes place in a residential area as a means to reduce crime? To be honest I smell a fish and someone needs to look in to this.  Because the Beachfront is closed and cannot open, now the Southside Redevelopment Area inherited the crime and confusion that was once isolated across county lines, where law enforcement could easily control criminal behavior and enterprising if the chose to do so.

 

There are a lot of scenarios that could have taken place that Monday morning. The bullet could have went 3 feet higher and went  through the window hitting something in  the window frame and changing directions to exit the other side into a home on two lots over, killing a kid in bed. Or I could have been in there and got shot. But they call themselves preventing crime by closing down the Beachfront?

 

Now as a result of this, Delaney Avenue is infested with drugs and crime all hours of the day and night and it goes unattended by law enforcement. And I cannot remain silent any longer, because I cannot see how I can coexist, with what is going on here.  I live three lots from  our headquarters location. Therefore, I live in this cesspool of crime, drugs and late hour gun shooting. And this is not right and it is not fair to place this chaos where I and other people live, to prevent crime in a non residential area outside the county limits.  Now what happens on New Years eve?  The police will be nowhere to be found on that night because they never are.

 

And like I said the things that go on  here in Avon Park and Highlands County, simply because there is no federal oversight. They do as the please here and get away with it, because they can. And it is sad, because they turned the Southside Redevelopment Area of Avon Park, Delaney Avenue strip into a slum area. All the real businesses are going out of business.  And nothing is right about this area and everything is wrong and it was done to us by design. For the sake of reducing crime in an isolated area, while shutting down the best property in the area, which could bring in tax revenue. I smell a fish and someone should look in to this, before an innocent child gets killed over here where people live. I think they are trying to steal that property from its owners and it has nothing to do with crime, because there is nothing but crime on the Delaney   Avenue strip.

 

Frank Paul Jones

Opening the Recording Studio & Introducing Project Creativity

Paul in Avon Park, FL

Opening the Recording Studio & Introducing Project Creativity

It has been about a month and a half, since our announcement concerning opening our DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Home Type Recording Studio to the public. Believe me when I say we are working diligently towards this goal.  And in the process we found some new light to help us do this. We are in the process of obtaining a fiscal sponsorship with an artistic non profit organization out of New York City. But nothing is written in stone as of yet.  But we feel confident things will work out and for this reason we are sharing this with you.

 

With a fiscal sponsor we will be able to solicit tax deductible donations and contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and even the government to some degree, until we get our own 501 c 3.  We know we need the support of our community as well as philanthropists from other cities to fund the program we are introducing.  And we know we must also earn revenue as well, if we are to succeed.  For this reason and because we are a non profit organization, when we do charge people for some of our services it will be below the market price.

 

I am writing this article to open a discussion forum with the public about what will be required to carryout Project Creativity, the problem being addressed, our solution and the benefits we offer to our community. Please feel free to leave us a comment or some suggestions after reading this article.  We want to know how you feel about this program.

 

Project Creativity

Name and Contact Information of our Organization:

The National Community Network and Coalition of Highlands, INC

923 South A Avenue

Avon Park, FL33825

(863) 657-2407

E-Mail: NCNCHINC@Comcast.net

Website: WWW.NCNCHINC.Org

 

The NCNCHINC Agenda beginning on October 20th – Fiscal Year 2013-14:

Services:

 

1: Sound Recordings Studio

 

2: Creative Writing Studio (Fictional and Non Fictional)

 

3: DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Recording and Instruction Workshops

 

4: Shows (Live Performances)

 

5: Sound and Video Presentations

 

6: Non profit newspaper and magazine

 

7: Job Search and Job Placement

 

Helping the Disadvantage Young Adults

 

We think the main problem in the United States today is the jobless rate that is causing us to create a generation of hopelessness among our youth and this is amplified in the black community.  When America in general faces a recession the black communities in America already experienced a depression.  Our young blacks, sees Hollywood as an outlet that creates dreams about success, but Hollywood is often an illusion and is not reachable by most of them due to the lack of education and this degrades their moral fiber.  Because they want something that they cannot have.  Too often due to joblessness, they stay home all day and play violent video games, listen to rap music often filled with filthy language and watch fantasy television shows, only to end up turning to the  streets with nothing to do (“an idle mind is the workshop of Satan”), to poison their neighbors and themselves with drugs.  And too often this ends in violence, the loss of young lives and the incarceration of too many.  And we want to curb this!

 

They need to see a way out, today many of them would not and could accept an invitation to a better way of life, because it requires education, something many of them fear to take on the endeavor or simply do not understand the incentive in a tangible way.  Many of these young adults are even afraid to take on the simple task of obtaining a GED, to many of them this is not simple at all, but is a very complex measure.  Many of them are simply afraid to fail!  We have a problem called hopelessness in America today.

 

The NCNCHINC has an answer that can be of help and it is Project Creativity.  A project to assist young adults at a disadvantage by channeling their artistic abilities in a productive manner, which will give them the incentive to learn needed skills like grammar and computer operations, in order to be competitive in their artistry and in life.  Thereby applying academics to their dreams of being a star and even if they fall short of stardom, they will gain something valuable from this program.

 

The NCNCHINC Project Creativity is  non commercial artistic program for people 18 years old and above, operated by the National Community Network and Coalition of Highlands, INC., which is an established non profit organization in the State of Florida since 2009, located in the city of Avon Park in the county of Highlands. Though we are still pending our 501 c 3 statuses, we decided to team up with a fiscal sponsor called Fractured Atlas out of New York City who specializes in Artistic programs, to acquire charitable contributions from donors who require these statuses to give freely, in order to move this project along in a timely manner.

 

We own our headquarters location which is two stories tall, without any mortgages and we would like to utilize it in the development of artistic creations by our future clients and by doing so, give people in the community something to do that is constructive, dream realizing and hopefully reduce crime and prevent recidivism in the process, by giving young adults an opportunity and hope by channeling their artistic energy in a productive manner.  Though our focus is on young adults ages 18 to 35, we are open to all who people who desire to channel their creative energies in productive manner.

 

The group we are targeting are 18 to 35 years old and we have an emphasis on assisting  young adults who are chronically unemployed.  We want to give these young adults other options other than joining into a life of crime, by giving them hope and a vision for their future.  As we also attempt to help them develop an interest in the many ways to become a part on the entertainment sector and a part of mainstream society or simply develop productive hobbies they can enjoy while learning to express themselves to others.

 

We want to assist them in becoming gainfully employed.  By helping them in their search for employment, while helping them develop important skills that are imperative to the workforce.  While we conduct creative arts workshops, we want to also help them by offering them ways to apply these skills in a competitive and profitable manner, which will allow them to become self-sufficient.

 

We understand that we will be dealing with many clients accustomed to street knowledge and the ways of the streets, which means they will want to know how these things apply to real life scenarios.  They will want to see how their participation in our program, will help them be able to survive in their daily lives.  So we want to develop our program, like an assembly line or production process, whereby one thing leads to another, which brings them closer to obtaining independence.  Therefore, we feel it is imperative that our program not only develop skills for our clients, but offers them an opportunity to display and put into practice the learning processes and acquired knowledge.

 

So by design, we have workstations that develop skills and talents and creates tangible and intangible assets by our clients.  We teach them about DAW recording studio technology, so that they can record their ideas.  We do this not to put their dreams on the shelf, but so that they can also do live performance to share their works. With the hope that they might be discovered by someone who can take their hopes and dreams to another level. And not only for this reason do we  promote live shows, but it is also an avenue to creating community togetherness and recreational activities for all who participate in and enjoy.  Good recreation is good for community!

 

So by design, we have workstations that develop skills and talents and creates tangible and intangible assets by our clients.  We want to teach them how to write in our creative writing workshop, so that they can write about the things that means something to them. Not just to put their ideas on the shelf, but we want to put out a non profit newspaper as an outlet for them to share how they feel to the community and abroad.  Because we feel our young adults today are among the most misunderstood.  We want to produce articles that can be put into magazine format as well, so that they can share their ideas to the general public and learn how to profit from these skills.

 

And ultimately, we would love to produce movies and documentaries that will allow them to express themselves in motion picture.  What I am describing here is a production process, whereby one developed skill transcends into another opportunity.  Because what is lacking in our community is opportunity.  And all we are asking is to receive community support to give these disadvantaged young adults a chance at life.

 

Though Project Creativity is open to serve the entire  adult population in Highlands County, our targeted audience is the disadvantaged young adults between the ages of 18 to 35.  When we say disadvantaged young adults, we are describing the young adult population who are chronically unemployed often due to several factors such as the lack of education, criminal records, the lack of networks and connections, residing in redlining districts, hopelessness as well as other personal issues, to include their psyche (mindset) in some cases.

 

What Project Creativity offers to them is hope, by allowing them an opportunity to express themselves through artistry and it also supply’s them with communications, such as multimedia.   The idea behind Project Creativity is not only to allow them to communicate to the world they often feel and are truly misunderstood by, but to give them tools to accomplish this.  Though it is an artistic program, it is also educational, because it is our goal to give them instruction on how to properly get their points across to the world outside of the “Blue Building,” in a constructive manner, which will hopefully develop into an understanding between them and the people they are attempting to reach.  By developing their computer skills, writing skills and the management skills, this can be accomplished.

 

It is our goal to make this misunderstood population, understood and accepted by those whose doors are shut or closed to them.  We want to be a pathway and a conduit to close  the chasms that prevents these disadvantage young adults from gaining opportunities in furthering their education, employment and even intercommunity social engagements with the rest of the world.  We want to help them become a part of mainstream America and put an end to the repressive behaviorisms that does not allow them to move beyond their neighborhood’s invisible gates.  We believe a lot of the problems they face are self induced and a lot of the problems they face are due to not knowing any other way, but also a lot of their problems they face is also due to discrimination be it racial, cultural and otherwise and is often due to a misunderstanding in many cases.

 

We believe our program can reduce crime and prevent recidivism, because we plan to attract the leaders of tomorrow in our community. We understand the posse (gang) mentality of our youth today.  We know that there a very few leaders and a host of followers.  And one of the main problems in poor communities in our country and in Highlands County, where you find a high rate of disenfranchised individuals, is that often the hand full of leaders that attract posses (gangs) do not know any other way, but to join into a life of crime to survive and often have bad habits to support. Project Creativity is billed as a program to show them another way.

 

Once Project Creativity is fully functional, we will act as a product production chain or assembly line of sorts.  By accepting young disadvantage adults into our program, with just an idea of how to express themselves artistically, we will be able to help them develop a plan using our workshops.  And the goal is for these plans to develop into complete sound recording productions, video productions, news articles in our non profit newspaper & magazines as well as live performance, so that their abilities are shared and a sense of achievement is felt by them.  Because achievements are so important in building up someone’s self esteem.  And self worth is the beginning of self sustaining independence.  We want to restore hope in our community, which is something many of our potential clients never knew in these tough economic times.

 

If you think this project is worth your while and support, please continue to watch our website and the NCNCHINC wordpress.com blogs for continued updates on our progress and agenda. We will in the future need your support in money contributions, volunteer work and your advise, because we know we do not have all the answers.  So we humble ourselves to the Community of Highlands County.  And we know without the support of the community, this will not work, because we are introducing a community effort, which requires a coalition to come together for this common cause.  Because we must not leave anyone behind if we as a community is to grow.

 

Frank Paul Jones

President of the NCNCHINC

 

The NCNCHINC “Building a Better Community”

Paul in Avon Park, FL

The NCNCHINC “Building a Better Community

We were founded on October 20th, 2009.  We had a dream of building a better community. And since our inception it has been an uphill crawl, for us to simply find an agenda we could carryout.  Since our inception we have been self supporting through our own contributions towards a cause of community betterment. While we knew what we wanted to do, which is to prevent recidivism and reduce crime, while building a better community, sometimes one individual at a time, we were somewhat crippled due to insufficient funds.  Hopefully this will change with your renewed community support.

 

We were full of ideas.  Though it may have seemed unfocused or like we were jumping from one thing to another, still they were good ideas that were simply unfunded, due to bad judgment.  Hopefully many of them are still things to happen in the future.  Because some of these services are necessary for our health and well being of our community and you can make this happen.

 

The one big idea that still sticks to my mind until this day is the idea of having “World’s AIDS Day” activities to bring about awareness in Highlands County, Florida, about this serious issue.  Did you know that this area has one of the highest HIV/AIDS populations in proportion to inhabitants in the whole country?  It is higher than Washington D.C. where intravenous heroin use is very high!  Disproportionately high intravenous drug use is not the case here in Highlands County, but still HIV/AIDS infections are suspiciously high and it is probably due to ignorance of this disease. We feel that such an event could ultimately save many lives, because awareness is so important.  But the funding wasn’t there.  Yet at City Hall the Avon Park CRA or Avon Park Community Redevelopment Agency blows $18,000 on Parades every year.  I think this money would be better spent saving lives, but AIDS is taboo here and is not so popular a conversation and Dr. King’s dream still lives, while people are dying from AIDS unnecessarily.

 

We are pending our 501 c 3 statuses and it might be a year before we get ours, because our application still needs work.  But we are not allowing this SNAFU or our error to completely stop us.  We are working diligently on something big, so that we can get some of our programs going.  We are in the process of attempting to find us a fiscal sponsorship out of New York City, so that we can raise tax deductible donations until we get our papers from the IRS.  With a fiscal sponsorship we want to reach out to the community and gain some community involvement for our agenda which we feel will make a difference in our community. By reducing crime, preventing recidivism, building a better community and in the process saving lives.  And if we stand together all of this will happen with your help.

 

As we know and understand the Churches of Highlands County is doing good work and  is in the business of saving souls through our Lord Jesus Christ.  There are many Churches here.  But we are trying to reach out to those they (The Church) has been unsuccessful at saving.  Many young adults are lost in the streets and we know first hand what it is like, because many of us have been there and done that.  Sometimes finding the Lord takes stepping stones and first simply finding another way other than the streets is a huge step but not the final step in the process of being born again.  I know this from experience.  And knowing that someone within your understanding and grasp cares and to have a place to go other than the streets is good to know.  We are that transitioning phase.

 

What we are about to offer to Highlands County is a program called “Project Creativity”.  It is an artistic program, whereby we want to offer many disadvantaged young adults another option and a way out through artistic expression. But not only them, but any young adult 18 to 35 and older, who wants to channel their creativity in a positive manner.

 

Through creative writing workshops and computer electronic music production workshops, we will not only give them a channel of expression, but we will help build their self esteem by developing their writing and computer skills, which are essentials in today’s society. But we will not stop there, we want to give them a way to actually express themselves to the world at large, by putting them in print in our  non profit newspaper and in magazines, so that their voices can be heard, because many of them are simply misunderstood, while giving them a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment by doing this.

 

We want to bring family oriented shows to Highlands County, by seeking sponsors and also by giving our clients a chance to perform on stage. By promoting local as well as out of town talent, we will also help create community activities we all can be proud of being affiliated with.  We also plan to open our non profit recording studio to the public as a part of this production process.  Our focus will be on several genres such as R&B, Hip Hop and Inspirational/Gospel and more.  Not just to audition talent, but to share this experience with young disadvantaged adults. And again with your support this will all happen.

 

And all we really ask of our clients is to help us in building a better community, by doing little things, like assisting us with the Southside Redevelopment Initiative, by keeping our community clean of debris and litter, showing respect for our elders, being kind in their daily lives and being helpful to others in need.

 

Like I said, we are in the process of this undertaking. And with your help this will happen soon, so keep a watchful eye, be patient with us, because a Kingdom isn’t built in one day.  And prepare yourselves to invite the National Community Network and Coalition of Highlands, INC., into your hearts, minds and souls and support this agenda when the time comes for you to contribute.

 

Frank Paul Jones

President of the NCNCHINC

 

Charities Help’s Save God’s Flock By Attraction

Paul in limo

Charities Help’s Save God’s Flock By Attraction

The NCNCHINC

“Building a better community.”

We always hear about missionaries talking about going out to save the world and we also hear about preachers saving their congregation, but nothing is further from the truth.  No man can save another man’s soul.  Only our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has such authority.  See disciples, missionaries, evangelist, preachers, charities and whatever name a person of God comes in, can only attract someone to the Lord.  It is the duty of the God fearing to attract others to God, by doing God’s work.  And God’s work is the serve and glorify the Lord.

 

When people serve God in righteousness, they shine and they become a guiding light to the true enlightener who is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom all power is vested in.  All a person can do is shine and glorify the Lord, this is the duty of a man of God, it is to glorify the Lord and be a helper to others.  It is not our duty to save anyone, because through our faith in the Lord we may be saved.  I say again “may be saved,” because there is no sure ticket to the home of our heavenly Father, but through faith.  You may be saved if you truly have faith in the Lord and in the name of faith you will glorify the Lord and do community work as much as you humanly possibly can. Because in this body we do have limitations and that is why we must be born again in Christ, to elevate above the temporal world.

 

I tell you the truth, no man can con his way into the kingdom of God.  Sure you can do your song and dance routine in front of a congregation, claiming you are praising the Lord, but your actions speaks louder than your words.  Any man who claims he is saved and do not love his neighbor is a liar and a liar is the Son of Satan.  Any man who claims he is a Jew and is not truly a Jew is a part the synagogue of Satan.  For a liar is the Son of Satan.

 

Believe this, many people will say by faith they are saved and use this as a excuse not to do God’s work and do not glorify God in their everyday living, by not loving their neighbors and not loving the true and living Lord, but how can this be?  How can you have trust in someone as the most powerful entity in existence and do not glorify and serve him? How can you be of God and fear the evil one (Satan)?  Anyone who is truly one in God, will attempt to be Godlike as in Son’s of God.  One must ask in their everyday decisions, what would Jesus do (WWJD)?  Sure, we all have limitations, but we are within the boundaries of loving our neighbors are we not?

 

You know what bothers me sometimes, it bothers me how so many truly God fearing people are taken advantage of, they pay their tithes to there congregational leader, but none of their money goes to God.  Understand that God is love and love is charity.  A man can only love another man through his charitable acts of human kindness, because all talk and no action comes cheap and the Lord is an abundance of love.  To love your neighbor is to do community work or to be in support of it at the least.  I believe and correct me if I am wrong, but tithes are meant to support the church and it clergy, but understand the true church is the body of Christ.  And we are but one body though many parts and an important portion of that body is those who are on the front line loving their neighbors through true acts of love, which is charity.  A community with weak support for its charities, is not a community that shines before God.  And a black community that does not support its own black charities is a community that is veiled by the blinds of darkness and will not elevate to glorify God.  Because God is among those who love their neighbors and love is not an emotion as much as it is an action word.  For God loves us through his actions.  Love is demonstrated through acts of kindness, do not confuse love with Hollywood lust!  Where there are an abundance of churches, there should be an abundance of charitable work being supported or the churches of that community are in fact a fraud.

 

I want to tell you something.  Love in the absence of respect by man is null and void.  It is unacceptable and empty.  To say you love someone that you cannot and will not respect as man is pure foolishness and folly.  How can you love someone you do not value enough to deserve your love?  See we cannot look down to our fellow man, who is shooting bad and say we love our neighbors as we love ourselves, unless we exclude certain people from being our fellow citizens based on economics and character, whereby its our own character that is now at question here.  And if you feel this way, why pay your taxes?  If you feel this way, why do you pay your tithes?  Is it our of fear that you give to Obama what is Obama’s, is it fear that compels you to put money in the money tray at Church, so that you do not stand out among your peers?  Or is it a true act of kindness?  Or on the other hand, is it because you know that none of it will go to help those in need anyway?  But the Church is the body of Christ, which is supposed to be inclusive to the poor and needy, to include “the least of me.”

 

I do not suggest that congregations simply redirect their funds in a way to ignore their own agenda.  What I do suggest is congregations insure that their agenda is in oneness with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savor.  To go to church is not about separatism. It is about inclusion.  When a man in need walks into your church in need of support, the congregation should not belittle him, because he is small and humble and think they are bigger than him.  I say this because you know it goes on in the black churches.  A man fresh off of drugs comes to you and humbles himself, only to be belittled by the congregation and in whose name is this being done in?  Certainly not our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

All I can say is you do not want him among you, help those who are willing to help him, so when he comes to you he is better prepared to fit into your flock.  I say again, you cannot love anyone who you refuse to respect as a man.  Too often people mistake love for possession.   We mistake our diabolical conception of ownership with love.  We say we love someone, when in reality we only want to rule over him, to tell him what to do and how to live.  But even our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives you a choice. He doesn’t tell you how you must act and be a certain way, he just tells us this is what you must do, if you want to be with me.  You do not get love and possession twisted.

 

Love your neighbor as yourself and treat your neighbors how you would like for them to treat you.  Understand that love for your neighbor is only an extension of your love for self and your brother.  Because if you do not love your own family, how can you possibly love your neighbor also?   And love is charity, it is an action word, so be kind in your everyday life and love and respect your fellow man and God will love you.  But first you must love yourself.  Be a shining light and do community work or support it and give selflessly to help your neighbor.

 

Support your community charities and support the National Community Network and Coalition of Highlands, INC., simply referred to as the NCNCHINC. Our mission is, “building a better community.”

 

Frank Paul Jones

President and Chairman

 

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THE DEA POSITION ON MARIJUANA AND THEIR FUTURE

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THE DEA POSITION ON MARIJUANA AND THEIR FUTURE

Dated: January 2011

 

Marijuana is properly categorized under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), 21 U.S.C. § 801, et seq. The clear weight of the currently available evidence supports this classification, including evidence that smoked marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no

accepted medicinal value in treatment in the United States, and evidence that there is a general lack of accepted safety for its use even under medical supervision.

 

The campaign to legitimize what is called “medical” marijuana is based on two propositions: first, that science views marijuana as medicine; and second, that the DEA targets sick and dying people using the drug. Neither proposition is true. Specifically, smoked marijuana has not withstood the rigors of science–it is not medicine, and it is not safe. Moreover, the DEA targets criminals engaged in the cultivation and trafficking of marijuana, not the sick and dying. This is true even in the 15 states that have approved the use of “medical” marijuana.1

 

On October 19, 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder announced formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The guidelines, as set forth in a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, makes clear that the focus of federal resources should not be on individuals whose actions are in compliance with existing state laws, and underscores that the Department will continue to prosecute people whose claims of compliance with state and local law conceal operations inconsistent with the terms, conditions, or purposes of the law. He also reiterated that the Department of Justice is committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in all states and that this guidance does not “legalize” marijuana or provide for legal defense to a violation of federal law.2

 

While some people have interpreted these guidelines to mean that the federal government has relaxed its policy on “medical” marijuana, this in fact is not the case. Investigations and prosecutions of violations of state and federal law will continue. These are the guidelines DEA has and will continue to follow.

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration Website (The DEA)

 

The DEA Policy on Marijuana

 

The DEA Drug Abuse Chart

 

The DEA has been very successful, with the war on drugs.  Over 1/2 of the people in the federal correctional system are in on drug charges.  1 out of 6 inmates are there for marijuana charges, which is about 1/3 of the federal prison population.  What will be their role when Attorney General Eric Holder ends this war as we know it?  Over 1/3 of the Department of Justice budget goes towards  incarcerating people in the federal correctional system.  And the DEA claims that marijuana is properly categorized as a schedule one substance under the controlled substance act.

 

I understand and accept that they are a law enforcement group and their job is to enforce the law as it is written, to the best of their ability.  I do not believe that their positions are not based on facts or research, but is based on old politics from the Ronald Reagan Administration, that are discriminatory ideals that is about to change under the Obama Administration.

 

The FBI main focus is on anti-terrorism and it has been that way since 9/11. And I feel with new drug reform legislation, the DEA can become more effective as a law enforcement group and I will tell you why.

 

It is my position and this is a speculation based on research and personal experience.  America is about to be hit with a major influx of heroin out of Afghanistan.  America’s presence in Afghanistan  since 2001, has not decreased the production of the poppy plant.  In fact more heroin is being produced now than before.

 

Afghanistan is a very poor country, over 40% of the population makes under $1.25 a day and about 70% of the population is illiterate. And half of the GDP is from heroin production.  So we know their intent, once American troops leaves this country.  And the plot thickens.

 

Many of our troops leaving Afghanistan are addicted to opiates, the VA health system is overwhelmed with newly addicted opiate users.  I think there is a correlation between the newly opiate addicts and the veterans committing suicide.   22 veterans are committing suicide everyday and many veterans are being diagnosed with PTSD.  While the VA in many cases cannot complete a veterans claim for assistance within a year.  The VA is backed up and overwhelmed, because there was no exit plan for America and I think the war just begun for many Americans in our backyards.

 

If you was the enemy what would you do, with the current situation.  Many veterans will be unemployed, unemployable, sick mentally and physically and disparate.  The next major act of terrorism will be the spread of Afghan heroin.   And a lot of innocent people are going to be hurt.  While our streets will be flooded with disparate well trained killers, trained by the United States military in need of money and a fix.

 

For this reason, I believe Attorney General Eric Holder has to scale back and change the role of our law enforcement groups, to battle against the new and real threat, which is afghan heroin, with an intent to destroy America in an act of terror unlike any before.

 

If you ask the drug dealers, heroin has not hit the streets yet in it raw form.  Sure there are opiates out there like oxycontin, but dope is not available at the moment, but this is about to change once America leave Afghan. And the DEA will become more important than ever, as the FBI will again have to infiltrate the drug trade as a priority in the fight against terror. And to do this many of the marijuana offenders will have to be set free from prison, to incarcerate real threats of America.  The war on drugs as we know it must end, so that a new chapter can begin.  Drug reform laws are a necessity and should be welcomed without partisanship.

 

Frank Paul Jones

President and Chairman of the NCNCHINC