Bill would stop kicking kids out of college for marijuana

Since 1998, U.S. college students relying on federal financial aid to help pay their tuition have put their access to education at risk every time they brought a joint to their lips.

That year’s version of the Higher Education Act made it so that anybody with a conviction for possessing or selling an illegal drug would automatically lose their aid eligibility for anywhere from one year to indefinitely. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has filed HR 3561, which would protect students who get arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses from losing access to financial aid. Under the 1998 version of the Higher Education Act (HEA), students with drug convictions lost financial aid, but that law was later walked back to apply only to students in school and receiving financial aid at the time of their offense. Blumenauer’s bill would exempt students caught with marijuana from that punishment.

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