Bill to Prevent Removal of Financial Aid for Cannabis Misdemeanors Introduced in U.S. Congress

faidU.S. Representative Early Blumenauer (D-CO) has introduced House Resolution 3561, a proposal to prevent college students from losing federal financial aid funding simply because they’re convicted of a cannabis misdemeanor. The bill is named the Fair Access to Education Act of 2016.

“Nearly half of the population has smoked marijuana at some point in their lives, and now in four states and the District of Columbia, people can do so legally,” Representative Blumenauer said in a statement made on the House floor. “It is senseless that we would limit a student’s future for any drug offense for which they have served their sentence, and even more senseless that we would do so for an offense for a drug that a majority believes should be legal.”

The full text of H.R. 3561 can be found by clicking here.


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    • Vixxis on September 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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    It’s about time! I’m a CPA with a tax preparation business and anyone with a “drug” conviction is also ineligible for college credits which can total $20,000 over 4 years.

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