Pubdate: Sat, 19 Jan 2002
Source: Charleston Daily Mail (WV)
Copyright: 2002 Charleston Daily Mail
Author: Stanley D White
Bookmark: (Higher Education Act)


I respond to the Daily Mail's Jan. 2 editorial, "College: Those who sell 
drugs should not get federal aid."

For simple cannabis possession, and not limited to "dealers," the ban most 
certainly discriminates against poor people, because rich kids don't seek 
loans and grants.

It discriminates by offering grant privileges to murderers, rapists and 
violent criminals, yet punishes a simple cannabis infraction.

It discriminates against millions of responsible cannabis users who are 
tired of the government deceit directed toward them.

Discrimination further allows the law to label as dealers people who simply 
are not, so to offer forfeiture of assets to police departments, etc.

The editorial staff, comfortable with allowing grants to violent murderers 
and rapists, but not cannabis consumers, should reconsider its stance.

The war on some plants and drugs is more like a freak show. The major 
accomplishment is a bigger Al Capone known as Osama bin Laden, financed by 
our own ignorance.

Stanley D. White, Dillon, Colo.
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