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On March 9, members of Congress introduced H.R. 1184, a bill to repeal the Drug Provision of the Higher Education Act, with the largest number of starting sponsors (56) that the bill has yet had. If you are a US voter, then your help is needed to build on this momentum to get this bill passed.

Click here to ask your US Representative to cosponsor H.R. 1184. Even if you don't think your Rep. would support this bill, it's still important to write -- it could make the difference in how much opposition we face when the legislation comes up for a vote.

Click here to write your Senators asking them to introduce and support equivalent legislation in the Senate.

If you live in Rhode Island, click here to ask your state legislators to support legislation just introduced (at our suggestion) that would have the state make up for federal aid lost by Rhode Island residents because of the drug provision and put the state legislature on record calling on Congress to repeal the drug provision.

If you live in Arizona, click here to ask your state legislators to support legislation (also introduced at our suggestion) to put the state legislature on record calling on Congress to repeal the drug provision.

Thank you for taking action! You can also read about our two big events this month on this issue -- a Wednesday, March 9 fundraiser to provide to scholarships for students affected by the drug provision, featuring US Rep. John Conyers and former drug war prisoner Kemba Smith; and a Thursday morning, March 10 press conference in the Capitol with seven members of Congress and other advocates announcing the introduction of H.R. 1148 -- click here to read the Drug War Chronicle report about both events. Video footage and pictures from the events are now online as well, formatted for Windows Media Player -- visit www.RaiseYourVoice.com or go straight to the Wednesday night pics or the Thursday morning pics. Finally, please consider making a generous donation to support this accelerating campaign.

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Issue #381 -- 4/8/05

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Medical Marijuana Bills Moving in the States | Hemp Legislation on the Move in the States | NORML 2005: Activists Meet and Plot in America's Marijuana Mecca | Pushing the Envelope in Oaksterdam | How Did Your US Representative Vote on Medical Marijuana Last Year? | Please Help Students Losing Financial Aid for College Because of Drug Convictions Get Their Aid Back -- Alerts Online for the House, Senate, and Arizona and Rhode Island Legislatures | Newsbrief: With Prohibition Failing, China Calls for "Peoples' War" on Drugs | Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories | Newsbrief: Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling Allowing Drug Dog Searches Outside People's Homes | Newsbrief: State Courts in Indiana, Oregon Restrict Police Garbage Searches | Newsbrief: Iowa League of Women Voters Criticizes Drug Policy, Calls for Sentencing Reform | Newsbrief: NORML Issues Sobering Report on Prohibitionist "Drugged Driving" Offensive | Media Scan: American Enterprise Institute on US Drug Policy, New York Times on Hurwitz Case, Christopher Hallam on Afghanistan, NYPD Narcotics Against Legalization | This Week in History | The Reformer's Calendar


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