Norton Introduces Bill to Permit Marijuana Use in Public Housing, Will Speak at National Cannabis Festival Saturday
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that today she introduced the Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act of 2019, which would permit the use of marijuana in federally assisted housing, including public housing and Section 8 housing, in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located. Under current federal law, the users of drugs that are illegal under federal law, including marijuana, are prohibited from being admitted into federally assisted housing. Federal law also allows landlords to evict residents of federally assisted housing for drug use. Norton says that individuals living in federally assisted housing should not be denied admission, or fear eviction, for using a product legal in their state. Both adult use and medical use of marijuana is currently legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 percent of Americans support legalized medical marijuana.
“Individuals living in federally funded housing should not fear eviction simply for treating their medical conditions or for seeking a substance legal in their state,” Norton said. “Increasingly, Americas are changing their views on marijuana, state by state, and it is time that Congress caught up with its own constituents. With so many states improving their laws, this issue should have broad bipartisan appeal because it protects states’ rights.”
For the last several years, Congress has prohibited the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using federal funds to prevent jurisdictions from implementing their medical marijuana laws. This bill would similarly allow individuals to use marijuana in federally assisted housing in compliance with the state’s marijuana laws and would require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop regulations that restrict smoking marijuana in federally assisted housing in the same manner and to the same locations as the Secretary restricts smoking tobacco.
This Saturday, April 20th, Norton will also deliver remarks at the National Cannabis Festival at the RFK stadium site. Norton is leading the effort in Congress to remove the rider that prohibits the District of Columbia from using its local funds to commercialize recreational marijuana.
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WHAT: Congresswoman Norton speaks at the National Cannabis Festival
WHEN: Saturday, April 20th at 12:00 noon
WHERE: RFK Stadium Site, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003