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ISU Student Group Recommends Drug Policy Reform to New Guv

Moblizing Activists and Students for Hemp, a student group at Illinois State University, recently presented a report to the ISU's state-wide Economic Development Policy Conference.  The report contained specific recommendations for Illinois' new Governor, Rod Blagoyevich, in his Herculean task of closing the state's $5 billion budget deficit.  The recommendations call for comrehensive drug policy reform including de-prioritizing non-violent drug crime, studying industrial hemp and considering medical cannabis as a means of addressing high prescription drug costs.

The report, titled "A Report to the Illinois Economic Development Policy Conference on the Economic Impact of Policies Relating to The Cannabis Plant and Drug Prohibition," is available at: http://war.thelivingcanvas.com/EconomicReport.html


DPFIL charter member publishes new book

Maximizing Harm, Losers and Winners in the Drug War

By Stephen Young

DPFIL's very own list moderator, Stephen Young, has recently published his first book, Maximizing Harm, Losers and Winners in the Drug War.  In it, Steve neatly assesses the state of modern prohibition, the powerful few who benefit from it and the heavy toll it places on the rest of us.

"This book is a must read for anyone interested in drug policy and various methods of bringing about change in our failed drug policies" - Richard Lake, Senior Editor DrugSense DrugNews Archive.



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