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Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 4:34 PM
Subject: Denied college financial aid for one joint?

Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana
Policy Project Alert

May 14, 2008

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Dear Sheree Krider:

Since 2000, students with marijuana and other drug convictions have
been denied federal financial aid for college — even if such convictions
were in the past.

Please use MPP’s easy online
action center
 to ask your three members of Congress to repeal
this bad law, as members of Congress will be voting on this any week
now!

This unfair and counterproductive policy is the result of a provision
of the Higher Education Act (HEA), which was slipped into the law without
debate or a recorded vote by a prohibitionist zealot, Congressman Mark
Souder (R-Ind.), in 1998.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, this provision has
harmed more than 200,000 students, particularly racial minorities, by
denying them aid and in some cases forcing them to drop out of
school.

If you agree that forcing students out of school is a ridiculous
response to marijuana possession, please take a minute to ask Congress to
pass the Removing Impediments to Students’ Education (RISE) Act.  The
bill, introduced by Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), would repeal the
aid elimination penalty.  Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has introduced a
similar bill in the Senate, which would remove the mandatory financial aid
revocation and require a judge to decide if a student should lose
financial aid.

Please use MPP’s easy
online action center
to tell your three members of Congress to support
these two bills today.

Sincerely,
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Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy
Project
Washington, D.C.

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