By Michael Bachara
On July 14, Illinois Congressman Bill Foster (D) reintroduced legislation to change penalties students face when convicted of minor marijuana offenses. The Second Chance for Students Act would allow students convicted of an offense involving the possession of marijuana to retain financial aid eligibility for six months while they complete a drug rehabilitation program.
Under current U. S. Federal policy, students convicted of drug offenses lose eligibility for federal financial aid for a period of time.
"One mistake should not ruin a student’s future,” Representative Foster said.