420 with CNW – Congressional Committee Votes to Repeal Law Denying Students Aid Due to Drug Convictions

On Thursday, a Congressional committee approved legislation repealing the federal law that punishes college students who are ex-convicts of marijuana charges by denying or stripping them of their financial aid. The rule was enacted in 1998, by the Higher Education Act Aid Elimination Penalty. It has denied thousands of students’ access to means of paying tuition because of minor marijuana offenses.

Marijuana critics said that denying students access to financial aid is a counterproductive way of responding to drug use and misuse. According to the executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Betty Aldworth, the best intervention amongst the youth is providing them with quality education. She further noted that denying them access to means of…

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