Norton Disappointed in HUD Rejection of Her Request to Allow Marijuana Use in Public Housing in Jurisdictions Where Legal, Calls on Congress to Pass Her Bill Allowing Use

Nov 9, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the response her office received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to her request that HUD use its executive discretion not to enforce rules against marijuana use in federally assisted housing that is in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located.

“I am very disappointed in HUD’s decision to refuse to protect residents in federally assisted housings who use marijuana in compliance with their state and local laws,” Norton said. “Americans are continually evolving on the issue of marijuana use, with rapidly increasing in support. This response shows even more why Congress should enact my bill that would permit marijuana use in federally assisted housing in compliance with state law.”

Norton is the sponsor of the Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act of 2021 (H.R. 3212). Her bill would permit the use of marijuana in federally assisted housing in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located. Under the bill, HUD must develop regulations that restrict smoking marijuana in federally assisted housing in the same manner and to the same locations as HUD restricts smoking tobacco in federally assisted housing.

HUD’s letter can be found here.

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