Sending Office: Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
Cosponsor the Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act
Please join me in cosponsoring the Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act (H.R. 6152). This bill would permit the use of marijuana in federally assisted housing, including public housing and the Section 8 housing program, in compliance with
the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located.
Individuals living in federally assisted housing should not be denied admission, or fear eviction, for using a legal product. The use of recreational and/or medical marijuana is currently legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, and over 90 percent
of Americans support legalized medical marijuana and 60 percent support legalized recreational marijuana. Under current federal law, the users of drugs that are illegal under federal law, including marijuana, are prohibited admission into federally assisted
housing. Moreover, federal law allows landlords to evict current residents for illegal drug use. Even the Food and Drug Administration has recently supported approving certain medication made from marijuana, including Epidiolez, which would be administered
as a syrup. Epidiolez is used to treat children who suffer from seizures. Notably, the drug does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana.
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 a state’s marijuana laws.
Under this bill, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must also 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 in federally
HUD, like DOJ, should not be allowed to enforce federal marijuana laws where states have taken action to legalize marijuana. The Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act states that a person may not be denied federally assisted housing based on
the use of marijuana in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located.
I urge you to cosponsor this legislation. If you have any questions about the bill or would like to become a cosponsor, please contact Trent Holbrook of my office at (202) 225-8050 or
Eleanor Holmes Norton
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