Many college students smoke weed. It’s really no big deal in a lot of places. Indeed, marijuana is being decriminalized all over the place. Take Washington, D.C., for example. There, you can now possess, cultivate, and even transfer small amounts of marijuana! Even New York has taken certain steps to decriminalize simple possession of pot–it is only a violation instead of a misdemeanor. But a conviction of unlawful possession of marijuana in New York may affect your student loan eligibility, so it’s no laughing matter. Luckily, there is a procedure you may be eligible for that would avoid these consequences. If your record is clean, the court may order an “adjournment in contemplation of dismissal” under Criminal Procedure Law 170.56. If you stay out of trouble for 6 months, the charge is dismissed and it’s as if it never occurred in the first place. Contact my office to learn more about this procedure and whether you qualify. We can literally save you thousands of dollars in financial aid.