Saying Yes: New Book Offer from DRCNet 5/30/03

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DRCNet is pleased to announce a new book offer: "Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use," a new, scholarly work by author Jacob Sullum of the Reason Foundation. "Saying Yes," published by Tarcher/ Putnam, strives to accurately portray the controlled responsible use of drugs that is the norm, not for all, but for most drug users. This is a controversial notion in our society and to some extent even in the drug reform movement itself. Whether you are inclined to agree or disagree with Sullum's central point, we hope you'll read "Saying Yes" and to hear and consider Sullum's evidence and arguments in full. Just visit and donate $35 or more, and DRCNet will send you a copy for free.

Your donation will help in a second, very important way. The drug reform movement is in a financial crisis of greater proportions than we have ever seen in DRCNet's nearly ten years of work. While some help is on the way from the movement's major grant program, the Tides Fund for Drug Policy Reform, they have unfortunately chosen a timetable that won't see funds disbursed until September. That means your help is very much needed in the meantime -- DRCNet literally will be unable to pay its bills or payroll or keep its online petitions to Congress running through even next month, without your support.

So please visit to make a generous donation by credit card or to print out a form to send in with your donation by mail -- or just send your check or money order to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036 -- and contact us for instructions if you'd like to make a contribution of stock.

This is some of the advance praise that "Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use" has received:

"Jacob Sullum has produced a thoughtful, sane, and logical analysis of our drug laws. Is that even LEGAL?"
- Dave Barry, syndicated columnist

"Saying Yes is a powerful refutation of the pharmacological prejudices underlying the war on drugs. Jacob Sullum highlights the injustice of punishing people for their politically incorrect choice of intoxicants."
- Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union; professor of law, New York Law School

"Sullum pits the truth against the lies of the drug prohibitionists."
- Thomas Szasz, professor emeritus of psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University

"I've never used a recreational drug (or even had a sip of alcohol) in my life, but Jacob Sullum makes a great case to stop the drug wars. He exposes the tricks of the drug warriors, who scam the crowd with huckster patter about magical substances that force people to do evil."
- Penn Jillette, the larger, louder half of Penn & Teller

"Jacob Sullum shows that drug use is far from an all-or-nothing phenomenon and that all use is not abuse. He puts the erroneous claims of prohibitionists into historical perspective."
- Mark Stepnoski, former NFL player (Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee/Houston Oilers); president, Texas NORML

We have read Jacob Sullum's book and have learned from and enjoyed it, and we believe you will too. So visit and donate $35 or more to make your contribution and get your free copy! (You can also request other books we offer, as well as t-shirts, mugs and mousepads.)

Please note that donations to the Drug Reform Coordination Network are not tax-deductible. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to support our educational work, make your check payable to DRCNet Foundation, same address. Again, visit to join, donate and order your free copy of "Saying Yes." And make sure to check out Phil Smith's book review, above in this issue of The Week Online.

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