Pubdate: Fri, 20 Apr 2007
Source: Good 5 Cent Cigar (U of  RI: Edu)
Copyright: 2007 Good 5 Cent Cigar
Author: Noel Marandola
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Youth)


To the Cigar,

Did you know that students with drug convictions - including 
possession of small amounts of marijuana - are automatically stripped 
of their financial aid while murderers and rapists are perfectly 
eligible to get government loans and grants? If you're as outraged as 
I am over this harmful and unfair penalty that has already affected 
200,000 students, you'll be glad to learn that Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) 
is currently in a key position to do something about it.

Senator Reed and other members of the Senate committee that handles 
higher education are debating what to do about the aid elimination 
penalty this week. If you agree that kicking students out of school 
causes more - not fewer - drug problems, why not take two minutes 
today to tell Senator Reed how you feel?

All you have to do is call Senator Reed's office at (202) 224-4642 
and politely tell the staffer who answers the phone that as a 
constituent you want the senator to overturn the student aid drug 
penalty because it causes more drug abuse.

And when you're done with that, you can follow up by sending a 
prewritten letter to your legislators by visiting and entering your contact 
information. As students, this policy is directed at us and our 
peers. If we don't ask our legislators to do the right thing, who will?

Noel Marandola

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