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1 US: Web: Harsh New Drug Bill About to Be Introduced in HouseFri, 21 Nov 2003
Source:Drug War Chronicle (US Web) Author:Smith, Phillip S. Area:United States Lines:126 Added:11/21/2003

One of Congress's staunchest drug warriors, Rep. Mark Souder, is at it again. The Indiana Republican best known for authoring the Higher Education Act's anti-drug provision is about to introduce legislation that would jam federal prisons even more full of drug offenders. The bill, called with Orwellian flair the "Drug Sentencing Reform Act," is set to be introduced within the next two weeks, and Souder is looking for cosponsors, reported the Drug Policy Alliance (http://www.drugpolicy.org), which has two staffers working Capitol Hill full-time and which is organizing to kill the bill.

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2 US NY: Web: Hip-Hop and Friends Turn Up the VolumeSat, 07 Jun 2003
Source:DrugWar (US Web) Author:Peet, Preston Area:New York Lines:182 Added:06/10/2003

A heavy police presence and a dark gray sky threatening to pour more rain upon already drenched downtown New York City streets did not keep thousands of young people from standing shoulder to shoulder for nearly 3 blocks to peacefully express their anger on June 4, demanding a repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

"The Countdown for Fairness" event was organized by Randy Credico and Anthony Papa of the Mothers of the New York Disappeared, Russell Simmons and Bill Gibson from the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, Bob Gangi of Drop the Rock, Dr. Ben Chavis, and Andrew Cuomo. Speakers during the 4 hour event along a busy NYC street right alongside City Hall included Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean Puffy Combs, Mariah Carry, Fifty Cent and Busta Rhymes, Donna Leiberman of the NYCLU, Shawn Heller, HT Freedom Fighter of the year for 2002 and head of the national Students for Sensible Drug Policy, along with many other politicians, celebrities and musicians, including Millie Rockefeller, granddaughter of former Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the namesake who first signed the repressive NY drug laws into being.

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3 US MT: Web: DEA Uses RAVE Act Threats to Block Montana NORML/SSDP BenefitFri, 06 Jun 2003
Source:The Week Online with DRCNet (US Web) Author:Smith, Phillip S. Area:Montana Lines:125 Added:06/08/2003

An agent of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) used threats of RAVE Act prosecutions to intimidate the owners of a Billings, Montana, venue into a canceling a combined benefit for the Montana chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (http://www.norml.org) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (http://www.ssdp.org) last week.

The RAVE Act, now known officially as the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act, championed by Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), was ostensibly aimed at so-called raves, the large electronic music concerts often associated with open drug use, but was so broadly written that opponents argued it could be applied against any event or venue where owners or organizers did not take sufficiently repressive steps to prevent drug use. Opposition to the bill stalled it in the Senate last year, but this year Biden stealthily inserted it into the enormously popular Amber Alert Bill, which passed last month and was signed into law by President Bush.

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4 US: Web: Back to Basics at 2003 NORML ConferenceFri, 25 Apr 2003
Source:DrugSense Weekly Author:Young, Stephen Area:United States Lines:102 Added:04/26/2003

My experience at the 2003 NORML conference was perceived between a pair of red-eyes.

My flight to San Francisco arrived at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, so I got little sleep before the conference started at nine. And I knew I faced another overnight flight back home in just about 60 hours.

But my fatigue vanished as I ran into friends and was warmed by the common understanding I sensed among everyone at the conference.

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5 US: Letter from Students for Sensible Drug Policy to MAPSun, 23 Mar 2003
Source:Letters to MAP (The Media Awareness Project of Dru          Area:United States Lines:64 Added:03/24/2003

You have been an incredibly valuable resource to the drug policy reform movement as a whole, and particularly to Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP).

SSDP now has approximately 200 chapters nationwide. The MAP archives are a way for student activists to stay up-to-date on what is happening on other campuses around the country.

It is refreshing to be reminded that we are not alone when we see articles about what other students are doing at their schools.

MAP is a resource that the drug policy reform movement absolutely cannot do without. We encourage SSDP members to make sure that articles in their campus newspapers make it to the MAP archives so that we can coordinate our efforts and do our best at affecting positive change.

Sincerely,

Students for Sensible Drug Policy www.ssdp.org

Board of Directors:

Tom Angell

Matt Atwood

Abby Bair

David Brown

Dan Goldman

Alex Kreit

Ian Mance

Aaron Marcus

Valerie Vande Panne

Rebecca Saltzman

Charles Thomas

Sanho Tree

Lewis Whitten

Heath Wintz

Shawn Heller, National Director

Darrell Rogers, National Outreach Coordinator

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6 US RI: Edu: Students Prepare to Battle Drug WarTue, 04 Mar 2003
Source:Good 5 Cent Cigar (RI Edu) Author:Hanson, Robert Area:Rhode Island Lines:92 Added:03/04/2003

The University of Rhode Island's Students for Sensible Drug Policy discussed many current issues in regards to drug policy reform, at regional conference for their organization over the past weekend, including racism and draconian laws.

Over 50 students from about a dozen schools attended the conference. The students came from Brown and as far away as Columbia and Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. The speakers included former police and military personnel as well as others whose lives had been directly affected by drugs.

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7 US: Drug War's Finances ProbedSun, 16 Feb 2003
Source:Journal Gazette, The (IN) Author:Smith, Sylvia A. Area:United States Lines:214 Added:02/16/2003

White House Study Questions Programs' Value

WASHINGTON - It's questionable whether taxpayers are getting good value from a series of anti-drug efforts, according to a new White House analysis of several hundred federal programs, including drug courts and TV commercials aimed at teens.

One, the safe and drug-free school program, was judged a failure. Although the Bush administration said the assessments were not linked to its budget proposals for 2004, it has proposed cutting the schools program by $50 million.

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8 US RI: Edu: PUB LTE: URI SSDP Goes to CaliforniaTue, 26 Nov 2002
Source:Good 5 Cent Cigar (RI Edu) Author:Angell, Tom Area:Rhode Island Lines:102 Added:11/29/2002

To the Cigar,

It was Wednesday night and we still had no idea who was leaving for California to represent us the next day. Five of us from the University of Rhode Island's chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy were planning to attend the Marijuana Policy Project/SSDP national conference. Unfortunately, we'd just found out that the Student Senate's credit card was rejected and that our airline ticket purchase was never processed. When we found this out, tickets had almost doubled in price and we were informed only three of us could go.

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9 US: Pot Advocates Regroup After Election DefeatsMon, 11 Nov 2002
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Mendoza, Martha Area:United States Lines:76 Added:11/12/2002

Anaheim, Calif -- Stung by the defeat of marijuana-law reform measures in three states, proponents of decriminalizing the drug are preparing for a new round of political and legal battles.

Voters on Tuesday defeated:

. A Nevada measure to legalize possession of up to three ounces of marijuana;

. An Arizona initiative that would have likened pot possession to a traffic violation;

. A South Dakota initiative that would legalize hemp farms.

Some local measures did pass, including resolutions in 19 Massachusetts districts asking state representatives to support making marijuana possession a civil rather than a criminal violation.

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10 US MA: Proponents Of Easing Marijuana Laws Brace For LegalSun, 10 Nov 2002
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Mendoza, Martha Area:Massachusetts Lines:92 Added:11/10/2002

San Francisco Plan Takes the Forefront

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Stung by the defeat of marijuana law reform measures in three states, proponents of decriminalizing the drug are preparing for a new round of political and legal battles.

Voters on Tuesday defeated a Nevada measure to legalize possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana, an Arizona initiative that would have likened marijuana possession to a traffic violation, and a South Dakota initiative that would legalize hemp farms.

Several local measures did pass, including resolutions in 19 Massachusetts districts asking the state representative to support making marijuana possession a civil rather than a criminal violation. But the "crown jewel" of marijuana reform laws was passed in San Francisco, authorizing the city to make it official policy to explore the establishment of a medical marijuana growing and distribution program, said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project.

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11US: Despite Losses, Marijuana Backers Not Done FightingSun, 10 Nov 2002
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/10/2002

Several Issues On Ballots Failed, But Key Win Has Advocates Hopeful

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)- Stung by the defeat of marijuana law reform measures in three states, proponents of decriminalizing the drug are preparing for a new round of political and legal battles.

Last week, voters defeated a Nevada measure to legalize possession of up to three ounces of marijuana, an Arizona initiative that would have likened pot possession to a traffic violation, and a South Dakota initiative that would legalize hemp farms.

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12 US AL: Some Schools Testing Teens For Tobacco UseTue, 08 Oct 2002
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Giuffrida, Greg Area:Alabama Lines:79 Added:10/15/2002

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. - Breath mints won't cut it anymore for students who have been smoking in the bathroom - some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teenagers to find out whether they have been using tobacco.

Opponents say such testing violates students' rights and can keep them out of the extracurricular activities they need to stay on track. But some advocates say smoking is a ticket to more serious drug use.

"Some addicted drug users look back to cigarettes as the start of it all," said Jeff McAlpin, director of marketing for EDPM, a Birmingham drug-testing company.

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13 US GA: Editorial: School Tobacco Tests OutrageousFri, 11 Oct 2002
Source:Macon Telegraph (GA)          Area:Georgia Lines:52 Added:10/15/2002

For those who encounter teen-agers everyday, America's educators often seem to have no idea how to deal with them.

Since way before Nancy Reagan started urging young people to "just say no," teen-age rebellion at its simplest can be boiled down to one simple truth: The more you preach to kids not to do something, the more they're going to at least want to give it a try.

When it comes to the problem of tobacco use, however, some educators have either forgotten this lesson or never learned it in the first place. In school districts around Birmingham, Ala., in Blackford, Ind., even in Decatur, Ga., schools have begun random testing of students to detect tobacco use.

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14 US AL: Some Schools Testing Urine To Find Students Who SmokeTue, 08 Oct 2002
Source:Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Author:Giuffrida, Greg Area:Alabama Lines:107 Added:10/09/2002

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. - Breath mints won't cut it anymore for students who have been smoking in the bathroom -- some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teen-agers to find out whether they have been using tobacco.

Opponents say such testing violates students' rights and can keep them out of the extracurricular activities they need to stay on track.

But some test advocates say that smoking in the boys' room is a ticket to more serious drug use.

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15 US OK: Students Tested For Tobacco UseTue, 08 Oct 2002
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK)          Area:Oklahoma Lines:96 Added:10/08/2002

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. - Breath mints won't cut it anymore for students who have been smoking in the bathroom - some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teenagers to find out whether they have been using tobacco. Opponents say such testing violates students' rights and can keep them out of the extracurricular activities they need to stay on track. But some advocates say smoking in the boys' room is a ticket to more serious drug use.

``Some addicted drug users look back to cigarettes as the start of it all,'' said Jeff McAlpin, director of marketing for EDPM, a Birmingham drug-testing company.

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16 US AL: High Schools Begin Testing Students For Tobacco UseTue, 08 Oct 2002
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Giuffrida, Greg Area:Alabama Lines:99 Added:10/08/2002

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. - Breath mints won't cut it anymore for students who have been smoking in the bathroom - some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teen-agers to find out whether they have been using tobacco.

Opponents say such testing violates students rights and can keep them out of the extracurricular activities they need to stay on track. But some advocates say smoking in the boys room is a ticket to more serious drug use.

Some addicted drug users look back to cigarettes as the start of it all, said Jeff McAlpin, director of marketing for EDPM, a Birmingham drug-testing company.

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17 US AL: Some Schools Including Tobacco In Random Drug TestingTue, 08 Oct 2002
Source:Bakersfield Californian, The (CA)          Area:Alabama Lines:109 Added:10/08/2002

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. -- Breath mints won't cut it anymore for students who have been smoking in the bathroom -- some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teen-agers to find out whether they have been using tobacco.

But do such tests violate a person's right to privacy? Or are they just another way to keep students from illegal activity and on the straight and narrow?

Those are questions being asked at school districts nationwide.

Opponents say such testing violates students' rights and can keep them out of the extracurricular activities they need to stay on track. But some advocates say smoking in the boys' room is a ticket to more serious drug use.

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18 US AL: Wire: Students Tested for Tobacco UseMon, 07 Oct 2002
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Giuffrida, Greg Area:Alabama Lines:95 Added:10/07/2002

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) - Breath mints won't cut it anymore for students who have been smoking in the bathroom - some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teenagers to find out whether they have been using tobacco.

Opponents say such testing violates students' rights and can keep them out of the extracurricular activities they need to stay on track. But some advocates say smoking in the boys' room is a ticket to more serious drug use.

"Some addicted drug users look back to cigarettes as the start of it all," said Jeff McAlpin, director of marketing for EDPM, a Birmingham drug-testing company.

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19 US IA: Edu: Student Financial Aid's Anti-Drug Provision FizzlesMon, 30 Sep 2002
Source:Daily Iowan, The (IA Edu) Author:Molseed, John Area:Iowa Lines:87 Added:09/30/2002

A federal financial-aid provision aimed at denying government money to students with drug convictions hasn't proven to be much of a hurdle at the UI.

This fall, 10 UI financial-aid applicants were initially turned down for assistance under the Higher Education Act measure that denies or limits federal aid for students who have been convicted of drug- related crimes. All the applicants either admitted to a drug conviction or left the question blank on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. They later changed their answers when notified by the university.

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20 US AL: Tests Target Teen SmokersSun, 29 Sep 2002
Source:Gadsden Times, The (AL) Author:Giuffrida, Greg Area:Alabama Lines:110 Added:09/29/2002

VESTAVIA HILLS - No longer a rite of passage smoked in the bathroom between classes, tobacco has increasingly become a ticket to trouble in public school districts that test to see if students have been puffing or chewing.

Opponents of such testing say it violates students' rights and can keep them out of the extracurricular activities they need most to stay on track.

But advocates say it's a natural extension of drug testing.

"Typically, tobacco is seen as a gateway drug," said Jeff McAlpin, director of marketing for EDPM, a Birmingham drug-testing company. "Some addicted drug users look back to cigarettes as the start of it all."

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21 US CA: Web: California Medical MarijuanaFri, 20 Sep 2002
Source:The Week Online with DRCNet (US Web) Author:Smith, Phil Area:California Lines:164 Added:09/21/2002

Another Bust, Giveaways in Santa Cruz and San Diego, Mass Demo Set for Sacramento Monday

"It's Armageddon time for medical marijuana in California," said Dale Gieringer, head of California NORML Thursday evening. "This may take years to play out, but the battle lines are drawn."

Given the rapidly escalating confrontation between the federal government and the people of California over medical marijuana in the last few weeks, Gieringer can be forgiven for resorting to biblical end-time allusions. Recently, the DEA and the its master, Attorney General John Ashcroft, have been raiding about one medical marijuana dispensary or garden a week, despite a state law that allows for the use of medical marijuana in the state. The latest assault came Thursday, when a federal agent accosted Steve McWilliams, operator of the Shelter From the Storm Collective in San Diego, and handed him a letter notifying him that he faced federal prosecution if he did not shut down his garden, CANORML reported Thursday evening. Two days earlier, McWilliams had led a medical marijuana giveaway in San Diego to protest the escalating series of attacks on the state's medical marijuana providers.

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22 US: Freedom Fighter of the Year: Shawn HellerTue, 01 Oct 2002
Source:High Times (US) Author:Peet, Preston Area:United States Lines:65 Added:08/31/2002

Shawn Heller, national director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, is disgusted with the entire War on Drugs. "Drug laws as a whole are not only un-American, they violate the essence of the Constitution. Marijuana certainly shouldn't be Schedule I, but the idea that Schedule I even exists, that the Department of Justice is determining what the legal status is for possessing a plant or chemical either in your body or on your person, this is just a crazy idea."

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23 US: Like Supreme Court, Students Divided Over Random DrugSun, 30 Jun 2002
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:United States Lines:90 Added:06/30/2002

5-4 Ruling Permits Schools To Test Anyone Involved In Extracurricular Activities

One 16-year-old declares that random drug is testing a violation of his rights. Another teen-ager says it would help users face up to their problems.

Young Americans seem as divided over drug testing as the Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 in favor of the practice for students who take part in any after-school activity.

The ruling, handed down Thursday, could affect more than half of America's estimated 14 million high school students.

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24 US: Court OKs More School Drug TestingFri, 28 Jun 2002
Source:Athens Banner-Herald (GA)          Area:United States Lines:116 Added:06/29/2002

No Longer Just For Athletes

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court put public high school students on notice Thursday: Drug tests may be required for playing chess or joining the cheerleader squad.

Justices ruled 5-4 that schools' interest in ridding their campuses of drugs outweighs students' right to privacy, allowing the broadest drug testing yet of young people whom authorities have no particular reason to suspect of wrongdoing.

The decision gives school leaders a free hand to test students who participate in competitive after-school activities or teams -- more than half the estimated 14 million American high school students.

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25US FL: High Court's Drug Ruling Won't Affect Local SchoolsFri, 28 Jun 2002
Source:Pensacola News Journal (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:06/28/2002

Top administrators of the area's two local public school systems say they do not believe the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows random drug testing among public school students will have an effect here.

Escambia County Schools Superintendent Jim Paul and Santa Rosa County Superintendent John Rogers said they're not sure how a random drug-testing system would work, what purpose it would serve or how much it would cost.

Both counties conduct random drug tests on athletes.

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26 US: Wire: Court OKs Random Drug Tests In Schools (Version 2)Thu, 27 Jun 2002
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Holland, Gina Area:United States Lines:123 Added:06/28/2002

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court put public high school students on notice Thursday: Drug tests may be required for playing chess or joining the pompom team.

Justices ruled 5-4 that schools' interest in ridding their campuses of drugs outweighs students' right to privacy, allowing the broadest drug testing yet of young people whom authorities have no particular reason to suspect of wrongdoing.

The decision gives school leaders a free hand to test students who participate in competitive after-school activities or teams - more than half the estimated 14 million American high school students.

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27 US: Web: Smoke A Joint And Your Future Is McDonald'sMon, 20 May 2002
Source:Salon (US Web) Author:Brown, Janelle Area:United States Lines:362 Added:05/20/2002

A federal law passed in a burst of drug war fervor denies financial aid to the country's neediest students.

May 20, 2002 - America loves a happy ending: The prisoner on the brink of release decides it's time to straighten out and go to college; the addict gets himself off drugs and becomes a community leader; the teenager grows up and gets responsible. Rebounding from a troubled past is a great American tradition, rewarded even with the highest post in the nation: President George W. Bush is a former alcoholic turned born-again Christian turned world leader.

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28 US IN: OPED: Who Is Responsible for 64,000 Students Losing an Education?Mon, 01 Apr 2002
Source:Journal Gazette, The (IN) Author:Heller, Shawn Area:Indiana Lines:97 Added:04/03/2002

When students from Indiana and surrounding states debated Representative Mark Souder outside his "financial aid forum" last month about his law that has fully or partially denied financial aid to 64,000 students, the congressman descended almost immediately into name calling of our organization. Now it's no surprise that Joyce Nalepka, in her March 22, 2002 op-ed, entitled: "Applaud Souder's Efforts To Fight Illegal Drug Use," accuses Students for Sensible Drug Policy of being a "militant fringe of the drug legalization movement."

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29US: Seeking Redemption For A Drug LawFri, 05 Apr 2002
Source:Chronicle of Higher Education, The (US) Author:Burd, Stephen Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:04/01/2002

With Thousands Of Students Losing Financial Aid Because Of Past Convictions, Even The Policy's Author Wants To Change It

Richard Diaz has been in and out of jail for most of his adult life.

Now in his late 50s, the recovering drug addict is trying to turn things around. For four years, he has been studying at Long Beach City College, an experience he says is like having "the gates of heaven open." He has finally learned to read and write, and is preparing to become an alcohol and drug counselor.

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30 US: Super Bowl Drug Ad Causes ControversyMon, 04 Mar 2002
Source:Daily Aztec, The (US CA Edu) Author:Parris, Zach Area:United States Lines:82 Added:03/09/2002

By buying and selling drugs, a person is supporting terrorist networks around the world.

This was the latest claim made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy in a recent $3.4 million federally funded advertising campaign -- the first aired during the Super Bowl.

The ads depict terrorists purchasing bomb-making materials with illegal drug money from young drug users. The ads are the object of wide criticism within the student ranks.

Leading the charge is the Students for Sensible Drug Policy, an organization that spans 156 university and high school chapters across the nation. Its goal is to raise student awareness across the nation of the "failed" state of current domestic drug policy, and promote discussion of alternative solutions to the nation's drug problems.

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31 US: Students Grill Souder On Drug Policy He WroteSun, 24 Feb 2002
Source:Journal Gazette, The (IN) Author:Vivanco, Liz Area:United States Lines:58 Added:02/25/2002

U.S. Rep. Mark Souder briefly argued Saturday with students who approached him outside the University of St. Francis, protesting a drug policy he drafted.

Souder, R-4th, appeared at a Sallie Mae Fund financial aid seminar and left Gunderson Auditorium quickly as Shawn Heller, national director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, stood up to ask him about the 1998 Higher Education Act. Heller and four other members from the group followed Souder outside, asking him about provisions in the act which can cut financial aid eligibility for 12 months for a first conviction of drug possession, two years for a second and indefinitely for a third conviction.

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32 US: Students Fight Drug-War DragnetThu, 14 Mar 2002
Source:Rolling Stone (US) Author:Forbes, Daniel Area:United States Lines:66 Added:02/24/2002

Rep. Mark Souder Deflects Blame For Withdrawing Loans From Students With Drug Convictions

IN JANUARY, the Department of Education announced the bad news: More than 29,000 students were denied financial aid under a part of the Higher Education Act that refuses loans to students with drug convictions. The law has sparked one of the fastest-growing student movements, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, now present on more than 200 Campuses nationwide. For more than three years, SSDP has been waging a coordinated campaign for the law's repeal. Now, the congressman who wrote the troublesome legislation, Indiana Republican Mark Souder, is showing signs of weakness. He blames the Department of Education for "misinterpreting" the law. Souder maintains that he never intended it to affect people busted before they went to college; only students currently getting federal aid, he now says, must be clean. Souder is even threatening to drag education officials before Congress to explain their actions, after the Education Department declared that it lacks the authority to reinterpret the law.

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33 US OH: Wasted LivesWed, 02 Jan 2002
Source:Cleveland Free Times (OH) Author:Kaushik, Sandeep Area:Ohio Lines:308 Added:01/03/2002

Marijuana Arrests Are Skyrocketing. The War On Drugs Has Increasingly Turned On Casual Pot Smokers: College Students, Petty Dealers And Even The Seriously Ill. A Few Nascent Grass-Roots Organizations Hope To Change That.

About one morning a month is really, really bad. For 38-year-old John Precup of Mansfield, first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago, just the act of waking up can be a frightening adventure in pain and suffering. Most days he gets up feeling pretty much normal, but on those mornings he doesn't, it's ugly.

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