Monday, October 30, 2006

Join SSDP FHSU!

Heres what Laura A. Green, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Forum of Kansas had to say about SSDP in an October 27th OpEd in the Fort Hayes State University Paper:
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To date, nearly 200,000 students have been denied or had their federal loans, grants and work-study delayed because of the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty.

Until early in 2006, this penalty was applied to any drug conviction a person had received whether or not they were in school when the offense occurred. Due to the efforts of the organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy (www.ssdp.org), who worked with Congress to scale back the law, now only people who are convicted while in college and receiving financial aid can have their eligibility taken away.

Fortunately, there are students who are continuing to educate fellow students and challenge the government’s drug control policies. Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) argue “statistics and common sense tell us it doesn’t make sense to pull students out of school if we want to reduce drug abuse and encourage young people to become successful citizens. The Aid Elimination Policy of the Higher Education Act obstructs the path to education. It perverts the Act’s important, noble intentions.”

I urge students to get involved in SSDP — an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing their generation and our society.
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Thanks for letting students know what SSDP is all about. Hopefully this letter, titled Students for Sensible Drug Policy Wanted, will spark the formation of a new SSDP Chapter at Fort Hayes State University.

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

Anyone with a sense of history would instantly recognize Nixon's prime targets [college students] when he and southern dems hastily passed the Controlled Substances Act [a blatant scam if you read it on www.dea.gov that constantly sends you back to the same paragraphs without detail] to replace the Marihuana Tax Act that was also challenged as a fraud.

The drug war is tantamount to running a business where employees [legisliars and bureaucrats] tell owners that they know what is best for them and the topic is not open for discussion. And of course, the owners shut up and refuse to discuss the issue. I mean: how often do the chickens allow the SSDP to appear at police political rallies when they lie to public about meth and crack? And surely law enforcement chickens won't allow anyone in their chicken coops to debate anyone on policy issues. At least that's what my local chicken coup leader tells me when I taunt him about scamming for the DEA.