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Thursday, May. 1, 2008
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From left to right: Washington State Representative Roger Goodman and MBA President David W. White Jr. speak at the inaugural Drug Policy Task Force meeting on April 29.

White assembles Drug Policy Task Force

On Tuesday, MBA President David W. White Jr. led the first meeting of the MBA’s Drug Policy Task Force. More than one dozen attorneys, as well as civic and other nonprofit group leaders, were in attendance to begin the dialogue surrounding drug policy reform as it relates to criminal sentencing.

On hand for the task force’s inaugural meeting was Washington State Representative Roger Goodman, who has been instrumental in advocating and implementing in his state policies that focus on rehabilitation rather than incarceration for drug use and distribution offenses. This was Goodman’s second visit to the Bay State in recent months. He also was a key panel member at the MBA’s Criminal Sentencing Symposium held at the State House in October.

The next meeting of the task force will be held on May 19 at the MBA headquarters in Boston. For more information on the MBA Drug Policy Task Force or criminal sentencing initiatives, visit


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